Sports News of Saturday, 12 January 2013
Ghanaian-owned telephony and computer Assembly Company, Rlg Communications Limited has offered to be the platinum sponsor of the live telecast of the upcoming 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON 2013) from January 19 to February 10, 2013 on Ghana Television.
Rlg has reached a deal with Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) to support the state broadcaster to telecast the games live to Ghanaians on GTV, GTV Sports Plus and any other television station which takes the live feed from GBC and also for commentary on all ten regional GBC radio stations during the three week tournament.
Prosper Harrison Addo, Head of Legal and Corporate Affairs at Rlg explained in a statement issued in Accra that the decision to sponsor the live telecast of the Nations Cup to Ghanaians is as a result of the company’s appreciation that football is the passion of the nation.
“Football unites us all and we at Rlg believe that anything that unites the whole nation is worth investing it. We hope the live telecast of the Nations cup would bring smiles to the homes of the millions of Ghanaians whose prayers are needed by the national team to win Africa’s biggest football tournament,” the statement said.
The latest move is another giant step and consolidates the company’s impressive in-road in the area of sports sponsorship in Ghana. It would be recalled that Rlg provided funds for the refurbishment of the Sports Hall at the Accra Sports Stadium now renamed Rlg DG Harthramani Sports Hall. Rlg for the past two years has been the only major supporter of athletics through its huge sponsorship of the Annual Rlg Grand Prix. The company was the lead sponsor of the 2012 ECOWAS Games hosted by Ghana as well as the annual SWAG Awards and the CANAF. Over the years, Rlg has evolved to become a key player in the ICT industry and is on its way to becoming a global ICT player.
Rlg is optimistic that this nationalistic move to sponsor the live telecast of the 2013 Nations Cup would once again provide a basis to rally around the national flag and patronize made-in-Ghana products and Ghana soccer. Rlg has also wish the senior national team the best of luck at the tournament. Ghana is drawn in Group B of the competition alongside Niger, Mali and DR Congo.