Tarkwa MP Secures $300,000 Deal For Medeama
George Mireku Duker, the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Tarkwa-Nsuaem constituency in the Western Region, has stepped in to facilitate a new sponsorship package of a staggering US$300,000 for the Ghana Premier League champions, Medeama Sporting Club, after their previous sponsors had parted ways.
The intervention by the MP saw Nguvu Mining Limited unveiled by the club as their new headline sponsor for the 2023/24 season, at a colorful ceremony, held at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra last Friday, October 6.
Mr. Duker, who has been instrumental in the activities of the club and financing same, joined the board and management of the club to sign the new deal, as presented by Nguvu Mining Limited, a topnotch large-scale mining firm.
Nguvu Mining takes over from Gold Fields Ghana Limited, which has terminated its contract with the club.
In a brief post, sighted by The Anchor soon after the deal was sealed, the apparently excited Tarkwa MP wrote, “I FACILITATED the US$ 300,000 package to help the club’s campaign in the CAF Champions League as they play in the group stages.”
“I used the opportunity to thank Nguvu Mining Limited for their outstanding support and called on other corporate institutions to follow suit,” Mr. Duker, who doubles Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources responsible for Mining, stated.
As part of the deal, Nguvu Mining firm’s logo will prominently feature on Medeama’s distinctive Mauve and Yellow jersey, for both the Premier League and the CAF Champions League campaign. Beyond branding, the mining company will provide vital financial support to the club.
As Medeama prepare to compete in the CAF Champions’ League group stage against formidable opponents, such as African champions Al Ahly, CR Belouizdad and Yanga SC, Nguvu Mining’s sponsorship is seen as a timely boost to the club’s resources.
About Nguvu Mining
Nguvu Mining, founded by Ghanaian Angela List, with over 20 years of experience in the mining industry, has made significant strides in the sector.
The company’s acquisitions include operating mines in Ghana, Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso, as well as exploration licenses in Cote d’Ivoire and Liberia. Nguvu Mining currently produces around 250,000 ounces of gold annually, with plans for further expansion.
The company places strong emphasis on local employment, with 90% of its workforce being locally hired and 60% of its management being from the local community.
Nguvu Mining’s sponsorship of Medeama SC not only aligns with their commitment to the community, but also underscores their support for Ghanaian football and the club’s aspirations in continental competitions.
W/R Companies Failing
It would be recalled, Mr. Duker, at a recent event with the management of the club, appealed to companies in the Western Region, stakeholders and corporate bodies in Ghana to come onboard and support the club, as they seek to make history in the CAF championship.
He bemoaned that, despite the progress being made by the team and raising the flag and image of Ghana high on the African continent, sponsorship support for the club from corporate Ghana, particularly firms operating in the Western Region, has been poor.
According to the MP, the low support for the team is worrying, unlike other participating clubs from neighboring countries, who enjoy full support and sponsorship from the political actors, as well as their governments.
At a news conference in Accra with the club, as well as the playing body, he said, “Ghana has to come together and realise that it’s time for us to be honoured on this continent. We have the talent, we have the pedigree to be where we are expected and I am urging supporters of this country, actors of football in this country, government to come together and support Medeama SC.”
Citing the last match played in Conakry, Guinea, as an example, he said, “The national commitment, you could see lots of ministers who were on the field, the political actors were on the field giving support to AC Horoya, so why can’t we do same in Ghana to push our team forward to a level that we’ve not been able to since 11years? It’s been more than a decade that Ghana has got to this level and it’s a herculean achievement, something commendable.”
According to him, “We have with or without to get to where Ghanaians expect us to be. We are not only going to participate in the CAF Championship, we are going to make history.”
Appeal for Help
“I’m urging other companies who are also in the region, Ghana Gas, Goldfields, Anglogold – [supported us which the President has asked me to thank them]. However, we need more and also ask Goldfields to rescind their decision on the letter they wrote to us indicating that they are unable to sponsor Medeama,” the MP said, adding “that is very unfortunate.”
He indicated that, “As part of their corporate social responsibility, we expect them to carry Medeama along and hold our hands to make Ghana proud. I believe that letter shouldn’t have been written at all, because Goldfields has supported Tarkwa and its environs and as a member of parliament making sure that I lobby, facilitate, organize and get 10,000-seater capacity stadium that is about 90% complete is commendable and I don’t see why they shouldn’t take some of the responsibilities of Medeama Sporting Club, but rather write that we cannot sponsor you.”
“It really demoralizes the top echelons of the team, but they have to take it into their flesh. So, I am asking them to rescind their decision immediately. We will talk to the topnotch in South Africa to see the need to partner with Medeama to make the people of Tarkwa-Nsuaem proud,” he said.