Several key stakeholders in the Ghanaian football industry on Monday, April 8 thronged the NMC Nurses Hostel at Shiashi in Accra to partake in the official launch of the 10th anniversary celebration of premiership side Dreams FC.
Notable among them were the Board Chairman of the National Sports Authority (NSA), Mr Kwadwo Baah Agyemang, who chaired the function, former chairman of the Ghana Football Association, Alhaji NMD Jawula, football kingpin, Jones Alhassan Abu, former Vice President of GFA, George Afriyie, Board member of Hearts of Oak, Frank Nelson Nwokolo, General Manager of Berekum Chelsea, Oduro Sarfo, CEO of Aduana Stars, Albert Yahaya Commey, Francis Oti Akenteng and CEO of Ashantigold, Frederick Acheampong.
Also in attendance were Odeneho Nana Asare Ansah III, Chief of Dawu, who was the special guest of honour, President and Vice President of Dreams FC, Mohammed Jiji Alifoe and Prince Abdul Hamid respectively, as well as representatives of the various sponsors of the club, technical staff and players, supporters and the media.
The colourful event began with a choreography by the Tete Adehyeman Group, who dazzled the guests with their performance on the lives of young and upcoming footballers, who through their daily struggles continuously hope and dream of a bright football career with well-established clubs in the future.
It followed with a solidarity messages recorded earlier from former players of the club who currently ply their trades abroad.
President of Dreams FC, Mohammed Jiji Alifoe (left) and his vice, Prince Abdul Hamid (right) with a guest
In his opening remarks, the Executive Chairman of the club, Mr Kurt E S Okraku touched extensively on the history of the club focusing on the formation stage, the earlier struggles and challenges, the relative successes as well as their projections for the future.
He hinted that as part of the activities to mark the anniversary, the management will commission a new club house in Dawu at a date to be announced later while a testimonial match will be played in honour of one of the committed players of the club, Eric Gawu in August.
The Dreams FC boss used the occasion to thank President Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo, Sports Minister, Isaac Asiamah and members of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Sports and Culture for their diverse contributions to ensure the resumption of football activities on the local scene.
For his part, chairman of the occasion, Mr kwadwo Baah Agyemang encouraged leadership of football clubs in the country to imitate the Dreams FC brand in order to instil professionalism in their activities.
For him, the Dreams FC model is worth emulating to improve the game in the country as they have made giant strides in their decade of existence and they have been able to reach out to the outside world via the use of social media in their daily activities.
“Let’s emulate the good example that Dreams have set in Ghana. Their activities must become a tutelage to inculcate some form of professionalism in our clubs.
“When it comes to social media activities, branding, as well as marketing, Dreams FC are the best in the country. They have been able to make giant strides and reached the outside world. I encourage all clubs to own at least one social media handle to project their activities,” he added.
Alhaji NMD Jawula also called on the football fraternity to unite indicating that the sport has lost the needed impetus on the local scene due to various impasses among those managing the affairs.
“As football people, let’s stick together. We have made a few errors by disagreeing. However, when the next football election is due, we must seek consensus, I want to tell everyone that the disagreement has not helped us,” said the Lepowura.
He continued: “In this auditorium I can see three or four ambitious potential GFA presidents. Let’s stick together in unity so that if one becomes the president, one will become the vice and one will head a high office.”