Ashanti Foam Company Limited (Ashfoam) has teamed up with the Kwasi Appian Foundation to provide GHC80,000 annual financial package for former national players who blazed the trail in their prime.
Some of these aged players who were present at a ceremony held at the offices of Ashfoam in Accra yesterday included Willie Klutse, Alhaji Ibrahim Sunday, Rev Osei Kofi, Anas Seidu and Awuley Quaye Snr.
According to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the Kwasi Appian Foundation and Ashfoam, the old stars will each receive a monthly stipend.
The Black Stars coach will also receive GHC50,000 cash as a sign of goodwill from Ashfoam and an additional GHC50,000 worth of products such as furniture, towel, bedsheets and mattresses from Ashfoam .
Nana Yaw Ampem Darko Antwi, Communications and Marketing Director of Ashfoam, stressed the need to cater for the welfare of these athletes who served the nation in their prime but are struggling to survive in modern times.
He bemoaned the poor state of these old players and vowed that his outfit would show appreciation for their efforts in the past.
"These old legends who are heroes of Ghana soccer but have nothing to show for it must not be left alone", he noted.
He announced that his outfit would showcase the talents and exploits of these players in a three minutes cameo video promotional package series dubbed: 'Heroes of Ghana Soccer', which would be aired on national television.
Kwasi Appian, on his part, urged current players to invest in their prime to forestall any difficulty in the future.
He expressed gratitude to Ashfoam and promised his outfit would liaise well with Ashfoam to provide the best for these players.
Rev Osei Kofi, who was humbled by the gesture, expressed gratitude to the donors and recalled the current precarious condition of a former skipper of the Black Stars, John Eshun, who is currently bedridden with stroke and could not even validate his pension form.
He lamented that the nation had left the old stars to their fate and appealed for more support.