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Alpha Lotto gifts Coach Sellas Tetteh GH¢50,000

As govt fails to reward him for winning Under-20 World cup

Alpha Lotto Limited, an operator in the lottery and games industry, has donated a cash amount of GH¢50,000 to FIFA U-20 World Cup winning coach, Sellas Tetteh, popularly known as ‘Borbor’.

Apart from the cash, the company donated some bags of rice, bottles of water, mackerel and oil to support the coach.

On October 17, 2009, ten-man Ghana beat Brazil 4-3 on penalties after there were no goals in 120 minutes of action to become the first African team to win the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Cairo, Egypt.

It was third time lucky as Ghana had lost the final in 1993 and 2001.

For this honour, one would have thought that the country will reward the players and the technical team to befit the achievement.

Over 13 years after the achievement, the players and technical team are owed.

While they were told that a portion of their bonuses was invested for them, efforts to find out the finer details of the said investments have not yielded any positive results.

A management member of Alpha Lotto Limited, Emmanuel Senanu, noted that the gesture was in line with the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility to help orphanages, the aged and the needy.

He stated that the decision to give the coach such a donation came after hearing about his health condition.

He said that the donation was essential because they consider it important to honour the nation’s heroes while they are still alive and not only after they have passed away.

Senanu urged individuals and organizations to provide financial or kind assistance to Coach ‘Borbor’ as a way of supporting his health.

An excited and enthusiastic Sellas Tetteh expressed his gratitude to Alpha Lotto for the gesture.

“It feels great to be remembered by people like you, especially in such a time like this in my life. Thank you,” he said.

 About Sellas Tetteh

Sellas Tetteh is a coach renowned for his ability to groom youth players into global stars.

He is most famous for leading the Ghana U-20 team to sweeping the plate of trophies available in 2009 when he won the West African Football Union (WAFU) Championship, the 2009 African Youth Championship, the first time since 1999 when they won, with that qualifying them to the World Cup.

He then guided the team to the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup, becoming the first and only African team to win the competition.

As a consequence, Tetteh won the CAF Coach of the Year Award and the Sports Writers Association of Ghana Coach of the Year Award.

He was also honoured by veteran coach Cecil Jones Attuquayefio, who ‘knighted’ Tetteh.

Tetteh was appointed manager of the Rwandan national side in February 2010, leaving his dual position as manager of the Ghana U-20 national team and Ghanaian club side Liberty Professionals.

He was reappointed coach of the Ghana U-20 team in December 2012 ahead of the 2013 African Youth Championship in Algeria. He led the team to a 2nd place losing to Egypt in the finals after a penalty shootout.

Tetteh was again in charge of Ghana’s U-20 team at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup where led the team to a third-place finish.

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