Standard Bank is an official sponsor and partner for the African Cup of Nations kicking off in Ghana on January 20 while Pele is the bank’s official Football Ambassador for the event.
The media briefing was attended by a high-powered delegation that included the Director General of the Department of Sports and Culture, Xoliswa Sibeko, Clement Motale from Standard Bank, Abedi Pele Ayew, Bolina Suaka who is a LOC’s Chairman for Tamale Venue and Anthony Baffoe who is in charge of International Relations and the Board member of Ghana 2008 LOC, David Tetter.
“It is all systems go for Ghana 2008. You are all welcome to a beautiful country, rich in culture. I know there were fears about our state of readiness, but we here to put your fears to rest” Tetter told the gathering.
“We want to assure South Africa that there is absolutely nothing to worry about. Tamale is a small place with good facilities. Looking at the hotel we in now, I know why there are fears, but I sleep in Tamale and there is nothing to worry about, everything is fine.
“For instance the accommodation Bafana Bafana will be staying in has been built from scratch, but it is ready now.
“Tamale also offers a beautiful stadium where matches will be played. There was a concern over the state of training pitches but that has been sorted out…we had three training pitches but one was not ready. I have been told that the two other pitches will be okay, so there is no need for the third one” Boalina Sauka who is LOC’s chairman for Tamale venue, added.
“Ghana has always been a football nation and I assure you that all things are in place. It is not bad as people have been saying in the media. We are ready” says Abedi who represented his country 73 times.