The Black Stars might have received all the commendations for their impressive round-of-16 place in their debut at the 2006 FIFA World Cup finals in Germany.
However, the other driving force behind the team’s success, Gold Fields Ghana has been accorded recognition by the FA for their massive financial support to the team.
At a World Cup review session in Accra on Monday between members of the Ghana Football Association and the headline sponsors for the Black Stars, Gold Fields Ghana, the FA extended their gratitude to the mining company and asked the sponsors to continue with their involvement.
“I think it’s a huge marketing boost for Gold Fields Ghana,”
“I would encourage you to extend your association with the Black Stars,” said FA president, Kwesi Nyantakyi.
The Black Stars’ qualification turned Gold Fields Ghana into a real World Cup partner and the FA boss hopes the investment by the mining company has received substantial returns that would see them maintain the pact for the future as the country prepares to host the next African Cup of Nations.
“Our operations have shown that we are capable of bringing returns to your investment.
“As we head towards 2008, it is the expectation of all Ghanaians and the FA’s hope that Ghana will not only host the tournament but win it.
“We are not just making an appearance but winning it and then also qualify for the World Cup (2010),” Kwesi Nyantakyi said.