The Ghana Football Association and Cheki Ghana Limited has signed a two-year agreement to sponsor the Black Stars ahead of the 2014 World Cup.The online car selling and buying firm signed the agreement worth $100,000 at a ceremony held at the Ghana FA headquarters in Accra on Thursday.Country Director of Cheki Eric Amoako Twum says the opportunity to associate with a powerful brand like the Black Stars was too much of an attraction to ignore.“The Black Stars is the passion of the nation and we wanted to be part of something that truly binds the nation like the Black Stars,” he said at the event“We are looking to grow our brand and for us, the Black Stars provides us with the most powerful support needed to do this.”Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi who signed the agreement on behalf of the Ghana FA says the new sponsorship deal will help further enhance the finances needed to guarantee the continued success of the Black Stars. “What this sponsorship does is that it makes the kitty for the Black Stars bigger so that we are able to offer better bonuses to the players and also employ competent staff,” he said.“Money plays a very key role in the success of any organisation especially football and we are happy with this new sponsorship agreement.”Ghana will be making a third successive appearance at the World Cup this June in Brazil.The Black Stars look to go at least one better than their quarter final feat achieved in the last finals four years ago in South Africa.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersOf that group, several NBA mock drafts tabbed Rabb as the most likely candidate the Lakers would select with their No. 28 pick on June 22.Among the reasons: Rabb finished tied for sixth in the Bears record books for career rebounding average (9.5 per game), and the 6-foot-11, 220-pound forward can defend multiple positions.“It’s having a nose for the ball and wanting it,” said Rabb, who also had pre-draft workouts with Milwaukee, Orlando, Miami, Boston and Oklahoma City before training next week in Orlando, Chicago and Toronto. “A lot of times, especially with offensive rebounds, you’re tired from setting screens and doing all types of stuff. You have to find the ball. When it hits the rim, beat the ball to the spot and grab it. It’s a mindset.”Rabb believed he developed that mindset by staying in college for another year, something he argued NBA teams have noticed.“I think they understand I’m trying to be a pro and be here a long time,” Rabb said. “I’m here to work. All you need is one team to love you. Whichever team takes me, I’m just going to give it my all and listen everyday and do whatever I can to be great.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error First things firstTuesday’s gathering resembled a near reunion of the Lakers’ NBA title teams in 2009 and 2010. After the workout ended, Lakers coach Luke Walton huddled with associate coach Brian Shaw and former forward Lamar Odom.Does that mean Odom will join Walton’s coaching staff? Odom said he hopes so, but the Lakers said Walton has simply invited Odom to observe the past two days of workouts. Nonetheless, Walton expressed openness last season about Odom helping the Lakers in some capacity.Familiar faceUnlike many of the draft prospects the team has been working out, Brown was not star struck when he walked into the Lakers’ practice facility. His brother, Shannon, played for the Lakers from 2009-11, so Brown already knew Walton and Odom.Nonetheless, Brown’s brother offered him advice for a workout that he called “definitely exciting.”“Go full force at everything I do,” Brown remembered his brother saying. “Try to build relationships with the coaches and go out there and have fun and don’t take nothing for granted.”Shannon Brown did that with the Lakers, becoming a reliable reserve with his dunking, athleticism and hustle.“I can score the ball and definitely defend,” said Sterling Brown, who averaged 13.4 points on 46.5 percent shooting during his senior season at SMU. “Those two things, that’s what I tried to show.” EL SEGUNDO >> The idea was tempting, as Ivan Rabb pondered an NBA future in which he would represent the latest one-and-done player intent on basking in earnings and playing time.Even with the Cal forward projected to become an NBA lottery pick, however, Rabb chose to stay in college for his sophomore season. A year later, Rabb has fallen in NBA mock drafts as a likely late first-round selection. Still, Rabb said he had no regrets about prolonging his college career.“That helped me with my mentality, just knowing how to prepare myself coming into this year, knowing what to do before games and knowing what to do before practice and after practice,” Rabb said. “Small stuff like that that will help your longevity in the league. I feel like I really needed that year to just realize what I needed.”Rabb was one of six players to work out for the Lakers on Tuesday, joining Clemson senior forward Jaron Blossomgame, SMU senior guard Sterling Brown, Oregon sophomore guard Tyler Dorsey, Nevada sophomore forward Cameron Oliver and Florida State junior guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes.