McDan Group has cleared outstanding affiliation fee owed by Ghana Tennis Federation [GTF] to the international body.
Dr Daniel McKorley, McDan Group Executive Chairman presenting a cheque for $ 17,378 at his plush East Legon residence as of his outfits efforts to ensure the growth of tennis in the country.
He charged the Federation to roll out plans to clinch more silverwares saying, “I want to see Ghana win more trophies. The coming years would be exciting for Ghana tennis. McDan is a results oriented company, whatever we touch succeeds. I thank the Federation for all who are making the sport what it is today”.
Mr. Isaac Aboagye-Duah president of Ghana Tennis Federation [GTF], expressed thanks to the McDan chief for the gesture.
In 2015, the shipping and logistics giants bailed out the Federation from same financial predicament.
McDan has been sponsoring the McDan West Africa Open Tennis championship for five years.
Last year, Mcdan donated a brand new Mercedes Benz bus to the Federation as well as offered educational sponsorship to eight tennis players.
GTF in the last seven years has gone in and out of a major ban from the ITF following the failure to pay for the period covering 2011 to 2013. The GTF rescued by McDan Group CEO Dr. Daniel McKorley, who also owns and sponsors the McDan Open West Africa Tennis Tournament. He paid close to $15,000 in total. Dr McKorley also sponsored a pre-tournament training camp in Morocco for the national team ahead of their participation in the Davis Cup.
The Golden Rackets team is expected to participate in this year’s Davis Cup competition in Nairobi, Kenya from June 18.
The McDan Group CEO, who is also the Gugba Naa of Tamale and Development Chief of the Ada Traditional Area, has proven a benefactor of the sport in the last 8 years with major interventions.
Aside from establishing and sponsoring his McDan Open West Africa and McDan Juniors tournaments, Dr McKorley has also been sponsoring the national Junior tennis teams for their participation in tournaments as well as their training camps. He also sponsored the senior national team for a two-week training camp in Morocco ahead of Ghana’s participation in the last edition of the Davis Cup. Ahead of the 2017 edition of the McDan West Africa Tournament, Dr McKorley painted and refurbished the tennis courts of the Accra Stadium to the tune of GHC 50,000.
When Ghana’s Duo of George Darko and Wisdom Na Adzirago won Ghana’s first historic double’s gold medal at the 2015 All Africa Games, Dr McKorley donated a total of GHC 24,000 to the whole team as a reward.
The best eight players for the maiden edition of the McDan Juniors have also been adopted by his McDan Foundation and will be sponsored throughout their education and tennis development till the tertiary level. At last year’s McDan Open West Africa Final Dr McKorley donated a 17-seater Mercedes Benz Sprinter Bus to the GTF to ease the transportation burdens of the national junior teams.
This year’s edition of the McDan Open West Africa Tournament will come off between July 23 and 29.
McDan also sponsors the annual Ga Homowo Unity Football Tournament to bring peace and unity in the capital of Ghana. The Unity Cup has exposed many international players, and the talent displayed has encouraged McDan to contruct an astro turf pitch at La in Accra.
Source: Sammy Heywood Okine