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NR: NRFA Chairman Alhaj Rhyzo redeems pledge to SWAG Northern Region

Northern Regional Football Association (NRFA) Chairman Alhaj Abu Hassan Mahamadu Rhyzo has redeemed his pledge of GH₵ 2,000 to serve as a fund for the welfare of members of the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG), Northern Regional Branch.

Alhaj Rhyzo at the Ordinary Congress of the Northern Regional Football Association on 31st December, 2022 pledged to set aside an amount of GH₵ 2,000 to serve as a welfare fund for members of SWAG-Northern Region.

Therefore, at a short ceremony on Tuesday, 10th January 2023 to hand over the cash to executives of SWAG, Northern Region, Alhaj Rhyzo  said he took it upon himself to donate this amount of money to the association because the sports media has played and continue to play a key role in the development of football in the region. He said as major stakeholders he deemed it necessary to support the association in taking care of the welfare of its members especially in emergency situations in life.

Alhaj Abu Hassan Mahamadu Rhyzo, NRFA Chairman

“We have been working hand-in-hand for some time now and the sports media have been very supportive of our course. And I thought it wise to actually set up a fund with seed money of GH ₵2,000.” Alhaj Rhyzo stated.

 He went further to add that, “Day-in day-out as media men we go through challenges, sometimes there are emergencies and then members are called upon to contribute their widows might to salvage those situations. Once this fund is set up, if it is an outdooring, an accident, funeral or whatever, the executives can quickly go into it and pick up that sum of money whilst members contribute to replace it.”

Alhaj Rhyzo who is a seasoned panelist on Diamond FM Sports for over two decades also called on corporate bodies and benevolent individuals to also contribute to the fund.

“I am also by this calling on the general public and well-meaning individuals to try as much as possible to contribute towards this fund so that at least whatever will be in that kitty will keep increasing by the day.”

For his part, chairman of SWAG Northern Regional Branch, Osman Hafiz thanked Alhaj Rhyzo for the gesture and said this will go a long way to support the day-to-day duties of members of the association in the region.

SWAG Northern Regional Chairman Osman Hafiz with Treasurer Mumuni Abdul Mumin

“We want to thank Alhaj Rhyzo so much for his effort and to also thank him for his fatherly love and support he has given us. This will go a long way to serve all of us. We humbly feel that this is a gesture we cannot get somewhere.”

He also called on other well-meaning individuals to also support the association in whichever way they can to enable members continue to contribute their quota to sports development in the region.

“We are equally calling on individuals and philanthropists to help us so that we can grow it so that we can give the reports that the public needed that will come in the form of education and entertainment.”

This is not the first time Alhaj Rhyzo has set up a fund to support members of an association. About three years ago he set up what he called ‘a referees travel revolving fund’ with seed money of GH₵ 3,000 which was aimed at providing ready transports money for referees in the Northern Region when travelling to honour their appointments. The fund later grew as Black Stars Defender Baba Abdul Rahaman also donated to the fund.   

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