Asante Kotoko FC sign two-year partnership with Asamoah Gyan’s Paradise Pac Drinking Water
Story by: KWAKU AHENKORAH /ONLINE EDITOR/SIKKA FM
Ghanaian giants Kumasi Asante Kotoko have signed a two-year deal with Paradise Pac Drinking Water which is owned by current captain of the Ghana national team, Asamoah Gyan. The partnership which makes Paradise Pac Drinking Water the official mineral water partner of the club was signed at a colourful event at Sports Hotel in Kumasi, Ghana.
The Ghana Premier League and other domestic competitions have been suspended due to a restructuring of Ghana Football Association after the airing of the Anas Aremeyaw Anas expose which revealed lots of rot in the football circles, thereby necessitating the reforms. The moratorium nothwithstanding, producers of Paradise Pac – which is a new product – have found it necessary to leverage on Asante Kotoko’s huge fan base, to break into the Ghanaian market in an unprecedented deal for a water partnership in the Ghana league. Paradise Pac will fork out $70,000 (GH$336,200) to Asante Kotoko.
Speaking at the ceremony, Gyan who currently plies his trade for Turkish side Kayserispor, expressed his excitement at the development; ‘’I am happy my company now partners Asante Kotoko,’’ he said, while beaming with smiles. ‘’Paradise Pac is a local company which aims at giving back to society through this partnership and we ask for everyone’s support to make this dream come to pass,’’ he added.
The 32-year old former player of Sunderland is on record to have expressed his interest in playing for the Porcupine Warriors before he finally draws the curtains on his illustrious career. He took the opportunity to reiterate that wish; ‘’Before I retire, I will wear the red shirt; it’s a promise. ‘’Kotoko is one of the biggest in Africa and I’ve been a fan of the club from day one.
‘’It’s an honour to partner this great club,’’ he added. Gyan has been setting up various businesses, a clear indication of his preparation for life after football. He owns eleven businesses including a boxing promotions group and an airline named ‘’Baby Jet Airlines,’’ which has been granted Air Carrier License (ACL) by the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and could be set for operations any time soon.