First Lady raises over GH₵1m for women's football

BY: Kweku Zurek
First Lady raises over GH₵1m for women's football
The First Lady Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo

The First Lady Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo has raised over one million cedis (GH₵1,250,000) for the development of women's football in the country.

The funds will be among others be used to establish the First Women's School of Soccer Excellence in West Africa and organise the inaugural edition of the First Lady's Cup, a tournament billed as the female version of the Ghana League Clubs Association's (GHALCA) Presidents Cup.

Addressing the launch of the inaugural First Lady's Cup on Wednesday in Accra, Mrs Akufo-Addo said the School which is to be constructed in Ghana will train women's coaches and other technical staff to upgrade the capacity of women in the footballing industry.

She added that she was eagerly looking forward to the day when dug-outs across the country would be filled with only women during women's football matches.

"If we must develop women's football, we must start with building a solid foundation. I am excited that the Ghana Football Association, the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Education are pursuing a school programme to develop the girl child's football talent In line with FIFA's book for boots project," Mrs Akufo-Addo said.

Commending GHALCA's efforts to make football administration more inclusive by adding a woman to its Executive Council, the First Lady also called for the introduction of quota's in women's football administration in the country.

She urged GHALCA to consider appointing two vice-chairpersons in the future with one position reserved for women.

Donors who pledged to contribute towards the development of women's football included;

MD GOIL, Lawyer Kwame Osei Prempeh- GH₵100,000
Vodafone Ghana CEO, Patricia Obo Nai - unspecified
Former Ledzokuku MP, Dr Okoe Boye - $1500
Akim Oda MP, Alexander Akwasi Acquah - GH₵10,000
Nhyiaeso MP - Stephen Amoah - GH₵10,000
Commissioner, Gaming Commission, Peter Mireku - GH₵10,000
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) · Hajia Abibata Shanni Mahama Zakariah - GH₵10,000
APEX BANK - unspecified
Ghana Shipping Authority - GH₵5,000
GNPC - 200,000 advertising package for First Lady's Cup
CODA CEO, Jerry Ahmed Shaib - GH₵20,000
GHACEM - unspecified
National Petroleum Commission - GH₵50,000
Ghana Commercial Bank - GH₵200,000
Agricultural Development Bank - GH₵100,000
TOTAL Petroleum - unspecified
Nana Dr ATO Arthur - GH₵10,000
Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority - $20,000
ARB Apex Bank- Unspecified
COCOBOD - GH₵250,000
Delese Mimi Darko, Chief Executive FDA - GH₵10,000
Vice President's wife, Samira Bawumia - GH₵30,000
The Chief of Staff at the Presidency, Mrs Akosua Frema Osei-Opare - GH₵20,000
First Lady Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo - GH₵50,000
SIC MD, Mr. Stephen Oduro - GH₵9,000