The Marketing Manager of Rana Motors, Mr Shirry Borketey Manison, has charged officials of the recently-launched KIA-FIFA Qatar 2022 World Cup Official Match Ball Carrier (OMBC) competition to be fair and firm in the selection process.
Rana Motors, sole dealers and distributor of Kia vehicles in Ghana, last week partnered the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to launch the competition, aimed at selecting a winner to the impending World Cup as one of official match-ball carriers.
“We would always have a credible winner when the process is fair and firm and we trust those in charge of the competition to do a very good job,” he told the Times Sports yesterday.
The winner will be featured as Ambassador of Kia and FIFA and would be delivering positive and significant messages globally with the prospect of being promoted on FIFA’s Social Media Channels.
According to Mr Manison, aside the on-site match-day experience of providing and executing OMBC activity, there would be match viewing for the OMBCs and their parent or guardian, special tour experience in Doha over a four-day period.
To qualify to be a part of the fabulous experience, he disclosed that eligible candidates – between the ages of 10 to 14 years, must have a fascinating football story and motivation, aside from enjoying a decent command over the English language.
“Potential winners should also have the passion for football and be able to juggle and or show footballing skills. They could be a famous youth player enrolled in a professional club, playing in a local academy or at a recreational level or be a young football freestyler in any of the 10 football administrative regions in the country,” he added.
The Rana Motors Marketing Manager said candidates should be able to share personal stories or ideas with Kia’s audience through a digital content; should not have any limitation traveling abroad and must be able to comply with vaccination status and travel regulations of the host country.
The competition, which ends in mid-September and opened to kids with football talent from across the country, would see the GFA – through its Regional Football Associations (RFAs), select two kids from each of the 10 administrative footballing regions.
Rana Motors, he noted, would also likely invite entries via their digital platforms with candidates submitting two video recordings of up to 60 seconds speaking about their football story and another showing their footballing skills.
Shedding light on the selection process, the RANA Motors Marketing Manager disclosed that it would be done in four phases – explaining that phase one would be the receiving of entries from GFA, after which it would be reviewed with shortlisted applicants going through technical and practical evaluation before the final winner is determined.
“It’s going to be a life-changing experience and I would urge all potential candidates to avail themselves of the opportunity,” he stressed.
BY JOHN VIGAH