A Board Member of Accra Great Olympics, Mr. Perry Doku, has pledged the club’s support for the formation of the Accra Great Olympics Old Players Association.
The formation of the association, he said, would be a major boost to the board’s project to build strong structures at the ‘Dade’ club.
Mr Doku gave the assurance when a nine-member delegation of retired Olympics and Hearts of Oak players paid a courtesy call on him at his residence on Tuesday to officially invite him as well as the board to the inaugral old stars peace match on November 8 at the Accra Sports Stadium.
The visiting team included Oly’s George Alhassan, Nii Moi Maclean, J.B. ‘Rubberman’ Naawu, Awuley Quaye and Godwin Attram.
Others include Hearts’ Evans Aryeequaye and Tetteh Chandu as well as Thomas Otinkorang and Peter Lamptey who enjoyed playing careers at both sides.
According to Mr Doku, the board had realised that the lack of proper structures was stifling the effective running and business opportunities of the club.
This, he disclosed, had led them to take measures such as the recognition of an official supporters union and appointment of an Executive Director to mitigate the challenge.
He applauded the initiative by the old players, saying that their idea has been embraced by the club as it was ready to work and collaborate with its legends to steer the club into a prosperous future.
He said the board chairman, Mr Amarkai Amarteifio was ready to perform the inauguration with an amount of GH10,000 tabled to support their effort whiles an amount of GH¢2,000 was also offered to foot transportation bills.
As a life-long ‘Agosu’ fan, Mr Doku also pledged to support from his own coffers with an undisclosed amount.
The game which would be preceded by the official launch of the Accra Great Olympics Association (AGOOPA) would pitch the old stars of Olympics against their counterparts from Hearts of Oak
(AHOOPA) as they canvass for peace ahead of the December 7 polls.
Mr Doku was excited that despite the rivalry between the two sides they found common grounds to advance a noble cause and called for more collaborations and engagements to return both clubs to the highest pinnacle of the game across the continent.
BY NANA BENTSI ODURO