Forgot Password




Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications

Login using

Email Reset


Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Football Features

Logo © GNPC

How GNPC landed the Black Stars can confirm that the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) will be the new sponsorship of the Black Stars. The deal will be worth a reported $3 million annually for three-years. This means GNPC will replace Goldfields Ghana Limited (GGL), as headline sponsors of the senior national team.

GNPC is a state agency that is responsible for the exploration, licensing and distribution of petroleum related activities.The exisiting deal with GGL is due to expire soon, because the corporate policy and targets of the mining outfit has changed. GGL was sponsoring the team to the tune of $1.5 million-a-year.

Goldfields Ghana Limited came on board to sponsor Ghana in the aftermath of the team's qualification to the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. The mining giants lifted the image of the team and gave the side financial impetus to fund all its training and fiscal needs in the ensuing seven years.

Who is behind the GNPC deal?

A private firm, West Head Company has claimed brokering a lucrative sponsorship deal involving the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) for the Ghana Football Association (GFA).

The sponsorship deal worth a reported $3 million annually, for three-years will see the state agency, responsible for the exploration, licensing and distribution of petroleum related activities, replacing mining firm Goldfields Ghana Limited (GGL), as headline sponsors of the senior national team.

The GGL partnership with the GFA is expected to run out anytime soon but the mining firm has already expressed their unwillingness to continue with the $1.5 million-a-year marriage with the Black Stars. GGL’s sponsorship with the Black Stars lasted nearly seven years from an initial $1.2 million in 2005.

In a bizarre twist like the infamous Mid-Sea palaver that headlined the sponsorship deal of telecommunications outfit, Glo Mobile Ghana with the GFA; GNA Sports has gathered that West Head are not the brokers of the deal.

A highly placed source at the GNPC told GNA Sports that the State agency opted to sponsor the Black Stars as part of its corporate social responsibility.

The source, also a Board member of the corporation said he invited officials of the GFA for discussions on the deal and has not dealt with any said third party called West Head.

He expressed surprise at the claim by the private firm, whose share holders surprisingly serve on some Standing Committees of the GFA.

The Directors of West Head according to information gathered by GNA Sports are Aloysius Denkabe (Chairman, Referees Committee), Joseph Yaw Appiah (Member, Black Queens Management Committee) and Owoahene Acheampong (Member, FA Cup Committee and Black Satellites Management Committee).

Like Mid Sea, West Head will be entitled to 25-percent of the sponsorship package; 15-percent agency fee and other 10-percent for administrative fee, totaling in excess of $2 million for the total duration of the contract.

With GNPC dismissing claims of the existence of a third-party regarding the deal, it is however not known the destination of the over $2 million when the deal is finalized.

When contacted, Denkabe confirmed to GNA Sports his shareholder role in West Head Company as well as Acheampong and Appiah.

With his other portfolio as Chief Executive Officer, Dr Denkabe, also a lecturer at the University of Ghana confirmed being the initiator of the sponsorship deal after preliminary discussions with his friend who works at the GNPC.

He rejected claims of a ‘conflict of interest’ regarding his involvement and that of his two colleagues, insisting they are not members of the GFA Congress which constitutes the highest decision making organ of the football governing body. Denkabe was the immediate past representative of the Constituent Bodies on the GFA Executive Committee, Owuahene from Ashantigold whilst Appiah has been a long-time representative of Tano Bofoakwa and one-time Chairman of the Ghana League Clubs Association (GHALCA).

Meanwhile, GNPC looks set to be named as headline sponsors of the GFA in the ensuing days.


Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
Xbox 360
Mitre Ultimatch Soccer Ball - White
A high quality football, offering high performance at both training and during football matches.


More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Live Video Streaming

Tue, 02 Sep @ 01:00
Match For Peace - 2014
Tue, 02 Sep @ 05:00

Sports Talk

Carol Radull
Where are Kenya's strikers?
I was watching the English Premier League match between Everton and Chelsea on Saturday night and...

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
Spurs will challenge for the title
It was in my room in Rustenburg, during the last Afcon, that I noticed the style that Mauricio...

John Dykes
United in condemnation
The British football press showed tremendous solidarity this week when they all leaped on the same...

Neil Tovey
Borrowing from best practice
The late Irish scribe and poet Oscar Wilde once famously opined that “youth is wasted on the...

Sunday Oliseh
Man U need more than an 'Angel'
Just two games into the English Premier League and Manchester United are five points (synonymous to...

Arjun Vidyarthi
Good signs for the Reds despite loss
A brace from Stevan Jovetic and a Sergio Aguero stunner ensured that Manchester City took all three...