Nyantakyi applauds Noonan’s appointment

Ghana FA President has hailed the impact of Togbe Afede XIV at Hearts of Oak revealing that the owner’s vision for the Ghanaian giants will catapult the Phobians into a model club in Africa.
Kwesi Nyantakyi says the huge investment Togbe Afede has made in recruiting the highly-experienced American CEO Mark Noonan is ample evidence of the traditional ruler’s desire for ‘setting up the best administrative structure for a football club in Ghana’.
The GFA hailed the start of the work on construction of Hearts’ academy as another evidence of the ace investment banker’s desire to transform the side along professional lines.
Nyantakyi said this when the new CEO of the Accra-based side visited the GFA headquarters on Friday to acquaint himself with the operations of the federation.
Noonan comes to Hearts of Oak with a wealth of experience in football administration at the highest level having worked with the transforming in the marketing of the MLS in America.
The GFA President hailed the arrival of the first foreign CEO to be appointed by a Ghanaian club insisting the injection of knowledge and experience will greatly enhance the Ghana Premier League.
“We are very happy to welcome you to work in football in Ghana. We are very proud that one of our clubs Hearts of Oak have taken an excellent decision to bring you to Ghana to work,” Nyantakyi said at the meeting.
“We want to build an important relationship with you as your knowledge, experience and contacts will be extremely beneficial not only to Hearts of Oak but to the entire Ghana football community.
“We want you to share your knowledge and experience with us and at the right time we will create the opportunity to do the same with all the clubs in Ghana,” Nyantakyi said.
The astute American football administrator did not hide his desire to share his knowledge with clubs in Ghana, praising the board of Hearts’ decision to sign him.
“My first commitment to Hearts of Oak and I want to thank the board led by Togbe for the confidence in me. If I can be the greater good for our fellow clubs and the Ghana FA, my pleasure.” Noonan said.
Noonan joined Hearts of Oak from ASP FocalSport, a sports marketing and media agency he founded and led since its inception in 2005.
Prior to forming his agency Noonan was an Executive Vice President for Major League Soccer and Soccer United Marketing, CMO of U.S. Soccer and Director of Integrated Marketing for the iconic sports beverage brand, Gatorade.-FA

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