Kotoko have agreed a two-year deal with global nutrition company, Herbalife worth over €30,000. Joy Sports Gary Al-Smith analyses how the international company may be using the Ghanaian club to market a potentially dodgy franchise.–The partnership has been announced with pomp, as usual. Herbalife will support Kotoko players and technical team with their nutritional needs while the company gets mileage through the club’s branding channels.As part of the agreement, Kotoko gets supplies of Herbalife-branded training kits. A ceremony in Kumasi on Friday evening will officialise the launch.General Manager, Opoku Nti and the Director of Herbalife Ghana, Frederick Amissah signed the partnership agreement on Thursday at the club secretariat. This deal was signed by the Ghana franchise holder of the global company, which also has operations in 90 other countriesBut did the Kumasi-based club look at the fine print? Or is any money acceptable in a country where entities badly need sustenance?Should Kotoko be worried?It is not yet clear if the management of Kotoko will be worried by Herbalife’s problems in the past two years.The Cayman Islands-based company has been under investigation in the USA after last March, the country’s Federal Trade Commission started looking into whether it was a pyramid scheme. The investigation was triggered byan activist investor, Bill Ackman, who accuses the company of a $1 billion ‘short’ or pyramid scheme. The main characteristic of a pyramid scheme is that participants only make money by recruiting more members in an unsustainable way that is illegal by law in many countries.In a pyramid scheme, an organization cajoles individuals to make a payment and join. And then in exchange, the organization promises its new members a share of the money taken from every additional member that they recruit. Major League Soccer giants LA Galaxy, which has the brand as its nutrition sponsor as well, has been trying hard to deflect the negative press this has brought them since.The nutrition company has been a long-time shirt sponsor of the four-time champions, with the partners’ latest 10-year, $44 million sponsorship deal only in its third year now. “We understand that this investigation makes people doubt us, but so far as you know we have not been indicted of any wrongdoing. And Herbalife Ghana is a very different operation from Herbalife USA, so the Porcupine Warriors should not be worried,” Richard Avenorgbor, a sports lawyer, tells Joy Sports.But he cautions that should Herbalife ever be punished for being a pyramid scheme, Kotoko should disengage itself immediately.”Brand names are powerful things and Kotoko’s name must be protected at all cost,” Avenorgbor says. The lawyer goes on: “For now, it is a good deal. It isn’t much, but it’s good. But the team must have clauses in there that will let them get adequate compensation if Herbalife’s name causes Kotoko’s name to come into disrepute in any way through its parent company.”Herbalife worldwide states its revenue for the year-ending 2014 as over $3.8 billion, with assests totalling over $1.7 billion. “It will be in Kotoko’s interest to have strict clauses to protect its name because the company will have money to compensate the club for soiling its image.”Cash and sponsorsIndeed, this deal will not have come at a better time for the reigning Ghanaian champions, whose financial situation has taken a big hit because of the general ailing economy as well as its fans unwillingness to attend games.”We hope that this new deal will make us even more attractive for sponsors to associate with us. More importantly, we want fans to come for games so we can get the mileage for our sponsors,” Opoku Nti said in an interview in Kumasi on Thursday. Kotoko, under the previous adminsitration led by Dr Kofi Kodua Sarpong, boasted up to 11 sponsors by the time he left. Most of those deals have been unable to be sustained. The club’s fans will hope this Herbalife partnership will be a corner turned.UPDATE (1315pm, March 27)A company official from Herbalife Ghana got in touch with the Joy Sports team with the following assurance:”We want to assure fans of Kotoko that although our parent company was in the news for those reasons, it has got nothing to do with us here,” the official, speaking on condition of anonymity said on Friday.”Herbalife Ghana is a very legitimate enterprise that is dedicated to improving the lives of its consumers and we see Kotoko as a great way to extend our reach in the country” The official, empasizing that the Ghana operation is not a franchise, but actually a direct subsidiary, also promised to ensure that the image of the partnership will be upheld at all times.–Follow @garyalsmith on Twitter
DONEGAL All-Star Karl Lacey says the county’s 14-point defeat to Cork in the 2009 All-Ireland football quarter-final will drive the county on when they meet on Sunday week at Croke Park.“That was just a horrible day,” said Karl who played that day.“We are miles ahead of what we were then – at least I hope we are. But Cork have improved since then as well. “That’s a game, a day, that’s to forget playing for Donegal. Leaving Croke Park that day was tough to take. We have the chance to put things right.”Lacey, who will make his 100th appearance for the Tir Chonaill men against the Rebels, added: “Now we’re going up with the belief that if we do stick the game plan that Jim (McGuinness) gives us and if you give it your all that you won’t be too far away. That’s a big difference.” GAA: 14-POINT DEFEAT TO CORK WILL DRIVE US ON, SAYS LACEY was last modified: August 15th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA: 14-POINT DEFEAT TO CORK WILL DRIVE US ONSAYS LACEY
The Indian market loves SUVs and one manufacturer which is cashing in on that sentiment is Hyundai. After the recent success of the Creta and the Santa Fe, the company has now launched the third generation of the Tucson in the country. In terms of price and size, the Tucson sits right in between the Creta and the Santa Fe.ALSO READ: Hyundai Tucson launched in India; prices begin at Rs 18.99 lakh The Tucson, now in its third generation, has adopted Hyundai’s Fluidic 2.0 design philosophy and looks sharper than ever before. The front end is unique with a three-tier light console comprising of dual barrel projector lamps with integrated static cornering lights, a fog lamp unit and a day time running light. The large chrome hexagonal grille makes it unmistakably a Hyundai. In profile, too, there are plenty of plastic claddings to ensure the rough look. At the back the wraparound tail lamps are attractive too. Inside, the new Tucson look bright thanks to the dual tone treatment. The dash is large and spacious and there are plenty of cubby holes and bottle holders strewn around the cockpit. The all new touch screen infotainment device also supports Android and Apple Car Play. When it comes to features, there are plenty found in the Tucson and my favourite by far is the electric tail gate which automatically operates with gesture movements from the outside. The same can be operated from within the cabin and from the key well. Once open the boot is large and intrusion free.advertisementALSO READ: Hyundai Tucson SUV October 24 launch postponed to NovemberThe Tucson is available in both petrol and diesel guise. We were driving the 2.0-litre diesel powered automatic version which churns out 185bhp and 400Nm of torque. The first thing which impressed us is the NVH package. The engine is barely audible from inside the cabin and even on the move one will be hardpressed to realise that there is big diesel engine under the bonnet. There are three drive modes and putting the SUV in Sport mode surely changes the feel and the driver can feel the punch. However one surely gets to feel the power thanks to the brilliant tug it offers. The gearbox too is seamless and works well even when the foot is pressed hard down. The Tucson is also endowed with a good ride and handling package. The suspension sits at a sweet spot where it absorbs bumps well and at the same time there is minimal bodyroll. The steering feels well weighed and offers ample feedback and at the same time is not very heavy and this means tight city spots are not going to be a problem.ALSO READ: Hyundai Tucson coming to India on October 24The Tucson is all set to be a worthy adversory to the Creta and the Santa Fe and is a perfect SUV to buy in its segment.
India vs West Indies 1st Test Day 2 live streaming from Rajkot: Watch Ind vs Wi 1st Test match free live streaming online: Watch IND vs WI 1st Test Day 2 Live on Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV.Prithvi Shaw’s historic debut hundred highlighted a dominating first day for India in the first Test against West Indies in Rajkot. After electing to bat on a placid pitch, India lost KL Rahul to Shannon Gabriel in the first over but Shaw’s stunning hundred helped the hosts take the upper hand.Cheteshwar Pujara (86) and Virat Kohli (72 not out) were also among the runs as India finished day one on 364/4. This is now the highest score for India on the opening day of a Test match by India against West Indies.What time does the 1st Test between India vs West Indies start?Day 2 of the first Test starts on 9:30 AM IST on October 5, Friday at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium.What TV channel and live stream is the 1st Test between India and West Indies Live Streaming on?Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD in English commentary and Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV will live stream India vs Bangladesh match.Where will the 1st Test between India and West Indies be played?Day 2 of the 1st Test between India and West Indies will be played at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot from 09:30 IST.Where can I watch the India vs West Indies 1st Test live?advertisementThe match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the India vs West Indies 1st Test?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs West Indies from our live blog on indiatoday.in.What are the teams for the 1st Test between India and West Indies?India XI: KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep YadavWest Indies XI: Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Sunil Ambris, Shane Dowrich, Keemo Paul, Devendra Bishoo, Sherman Lewis, Shannon Gabriel