A significant financial pledge of GHS1 million has been made by President Nana Akufo-Addo to the 2022/23 Ghana Premier League (GPL) winners, Medeama SC, as they prepare for their debut in the Caf Champions League competition.
The Tarkwa-based team paid a visit to the President at the seat of government, the Jubilee House on Wednesday, August 2, presenting the Ghana Premier League trophy.
The President expressed his congratulations to the team for Medeama’s historic achievement, marking the first time the league title has been brought to the Western Region since the triumph of Sekondi Hasaacas in 1977.
“Congratulations to you, the captain, and the members of the team for this historic achievement. It’s been 47 years since a team from the Western Region won the Cup. This is great. You’ve done a great job. Congratulations,” Akufo-Addo acknowledged.
Medeama’s GPL win, secured by surpassing Aduana FC late in the season, earned them the sole honour of representing the nation in the 2023/24 Caf Champions League.
The Yellow and Mauves are scheduled to host Nigeria’s Remo Stars in their preliminary round first-leg clash at Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Sunday, August 20.
And the President indicated his potential attendance while promising a hefty amount to aid their continental club football journey.
“I will try to provide a million Ghana Cedis to help you in the Caf campaign. The deputy minister is insisting that if I’m in Ghana on the 20th, I should come to Cape Coast. I will see.
“We’ll do our best,” President Akufo-Addo told the Medeama contingent.
Medeama will journey to Ogun State in Nigeria for the second leg of the competition on August 25. The victors of this tie will subsequently face Guinean giants Horoya AC, with a coveted group stage spot up for contention.
Medeama’s last participation in Caf’s interclub competitions dates back to 2016 when they triumphed over South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns, securing a spot in the group stages of the Confederation Cup.
Spearheading the Medeama delegation to the Jubilee House was Ghana’s Deputy Minister for Mines and Natural Resources, George Mireku Duker, who also serves as the Member of Parliament for Tarkwa.
Accompanying him were chiefs from the Apinto Traditional Council, Dr. Tony Aubynn, the club’s Board Chairman, Technical Director Evans Augustine Adotey, and members of the management and technical teams.