FK Željezničar and SC Medeama have now become official partners, with the signing of a co-operation agreement between the two clubs.
A long-term relationship between the two clubs becomes official this week. After months of dialogue between the clubs’ Chairmen; Mr. Samir Ceric of FK Željezničar and Mr. Moses Armah of SC Medeama, Football Club Željezničar, and SC Medeama have now entered into a wide-ranging official partnership that binds the two clubs closer together heading into the future.
The Bosnian soccer giants, the most successful football club of Bosnia of all time, have joined forces with SC Medeama in order to establish a bridge between Ghana and Bosnia as well as Africa and the Balkans. The Ghanaian side is this year’s main contender to win the title and shows big aspirations to raise the club’s profile and bring out some of its best first team and academy players onto the international stage through this club partnership.
As part of the arrangement, the SC Medeama Academy and their first team will travel to Bosnia to train at FK Željezničar’s facilities, with the aim to bring the two clubs closer together.
FK Željezničar Chairman, Samir Ceric, said:
“We are excited and proud to announce our partnership with SC Medeama in the year Medeama happens to be a serious contender to win the Ghana Premier League and also in the year that also marks the 100th year anniversary of our Club which was founded in 1921.
Entering this partnership in a period of unprecedented growth of African football marks a cross-road for our own club but also offers a great opportunity to build a bridge between Ghana and Bosnia as well as Africa and the Balkans which can dramatically increase both clubs’ chances of success and position us both much higher on the international stage.
Both countries are huge hubs of talent and I believe we will learn a great deal from each other throughout this partnership and open up opportunities for each other we would not have been able to do otherwise. The club’s international strategy is a core pillar to our growth plans and this partnership opens up FK Željezničar to the vast football community in Ghana and Africa and provides a great platform for us to engage with our global fan base, and the African and Ghanaian communities in the Balkans region as well as Europe and London where I am based out of. ’’
Mr. Moses Armah, SC Medeama’s President, said:
“We are happy to have formalized our partnership agreement with FK Željezničar as the club marks a historic centenary. This is an exciting time for SC Medeama as we aim to broaden our international scope and open the club up for global opportunities being offered by the Bosnia giants in the Balkans.
There is a tremendous passion for football in Ghana and there is real synergy in Bosnia in that respect, and we seek to leverage that for the mutual benefit of the two parties. We are excited by the prospect of this partnership which offers mutual benefit to the growth and drive of both clubs on the international level.
There is an infectious enthusiasm for the game, and we seek to leverage this partnership to broaden the frontiers of FK Željezničar in Africa. This partnership will also help to strengthen the two-pronged relationship between Ghana and Bosnia and expand the activities of the two clubs on the African continent and in Europe”.
The partnership will expand the club’s fan base in the Balkans and in Europe, highlighting the club’s continued growth, emerging brand, and philosophy to the rest of the world. We hope to build a lasting partnership for the mutual benefit of the two clubs, and its fans base in the two countries and continents.
Interaction between the two sets of supporters through official social media channels will also be planned in the near future as FK Željezničar has already begun its club’s digitalization and commercialization its Chairman Samir Ceric introduced to the club through technology partners and platforms such as Blocksport, Seyu, and soon, home fans, with the first virtual tour of one of the big league derbies planned later on in the month, as well as the launch of the Club’s first fan tokens too.
The power of social media and digitalization will enable both clubs to create additional revenue streams and FK Željezničar hopes SC Medeama will embrace this technology outlook and join its Bosnian partner in their combined efforts to engage its fans bases on a global basis.
“This foundation will be the basis of our work to press on with shared projects in the future that will include both academics and first teams, whilst also strengthening and energizing the profound connection between the two clubs. We are convinced that with this partnership we will be able to implement the wishes of both sets of supporters in the long term.”, said Samir Ceric, Chairman of FK Željezničar.
The thoughts were echoed by Dr. Tony Aubynn, SC Medeama’s Board Chairman and an Executive Council Member of the Ghana Football Association, who said:
“This is a golden opportunity as we seek advantage of the opportunities being offered in the digital space by FK Željezničar and to explore its mutual growth for both parties in the Balkans region and Africa.
“When we looked for the perfect Ghanaian partner, we looked at a number of clubs and some of them are very well-known clubs in Africa. When we actually had the opportunity to start discussions with SC Medeama’s Chairman, it was very clear that they were the ideal club. They’ve won trophies in the past as we have, but it was also at the time when they were closing in on yet another title this season, and we felt that was a good sign.”, said Samir Ceric, Chairman of FK Željezničar.