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The silent engine of marketing transformation in Ghana Football

In the dynamic field of sport, the fusion of strategic marketing and visionary leadership is often the catalyst for transformative change.

In the case of Ghanaian football, one name stands out as the architect of this evolution: Jamil Maraby. Born in Accra on November 30, 1974, Maraby’s journey is a testimony of passion, expertise and a relentless pursuit of excellence.

Maraby’s roots reflect a fusion of heritage, with his father, Marwan Maraby, originally from Lebanon, and his mother, Rosalina Baitie, originally from Tantra in the central region of Ghana. Raised in a multilingual environment, Maraby converses effortlessly in English, Arabic, Twi, Fante and Ga, reflecting his deep connection to his Ghanaian and Lebanese ancestors.

His educational journey, from the renowned Ghana International School (GIS) to obtaining a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), laid the foundation for his illustrious career.

Maraby’s rise in the sports industry has been marked by a commitment to lifelong learning and professional development. Armed with certificates in Sports Management and Marketing from the University of Ghana Business School and FIFA, he has honed his expertise to navigate the complex sports marketing landscape.

His tenure as Managing Director of Global Media Alliance from January 2006 to January 2010, coupled with his co-ownership of Sekondi Eleven Wise FC, provided him with invaluable insights into the operational intricacies of football clubs.

He was co-owner and founding CEO of Accra Allies, now Inter Allies, in 1996 and had been team manager of Nania FC, owned by Ghanaian legend Abedi Ayew Pele, as well as a short stint at the Feyenoord Ghana Academy as a scout.

However, it was his role as Marketing Director of the Ghana Football Federation that catapulted Maraby into the limelight.

Since assuming the role of Chief Marketing Officer, Maraby has orchestrated a paradigm shift in sponsorship dynamics, garnering unprecedented support from corporate Ghana.

Under his leadership, the Ghana Football Federation has seen an increase in sponsorship and partnership deals, heralding a new era of financial stability and growth.

Maraby’s strategic acumen and foresight were instrumental in securing historic sponsorship deals, including working with Panasonic during his tenure at Liberty Professionals Football Club between 2005 and 2008. This strategic alliance not only strengthened the financial situation of the club, but also increased its brand presence on a global scale.

Beyond his contributions to Ghanaian football, Maraby’s influence transcends borders. As a consultant for the Namibia Football Federation from 2012 to 2019 and sports director of the Lizzy Sports Complex, owned by French legend Marcel Desailly, from 2010 to 2019, he left an indelible mark on the African sporting landscape, fostering collaboration and promoting sustainable development. development.

In addition to his role in the Ghana Football Federation, Maraby wears several hats as the board director of Orphanage Africa, a philanthropic NGO for the underprivileged. His multifaceted expertise underlines a holistic approach to sports management, encompassing grassroots development, professional club management and strategic marketing.

Currently, Maraby holds the central position of Director of Marketing within the Ghana Football Federation, leading transformational initiatives that have ushered in a new era of corporate sponsorship and partnership.

Under his leadership as Chief Marketing Officer, the Ghana FA has seen an exponential increase in revenue from GH₵2.3 million in 2019 to GH₵23.1 million in 2022, an increase of 909%. of the increase in the association’s income.

FA sponsorship and partnership with Ghanaian companies also saw an arithmetic increase from 4 to 22, including Access Bank, Decathlon, KGL, Melcom, Awake, Goil, Chery, Betway, Malta Guinness and many more. others.

Despite his demanding professional commitments, Maraby, married to a Ghanaian, remains grounded in family values, cherishing his role as a husband and father of five children. His unwavering dedication to his personal and professional endeavors serves as an inspiration to future professionals in the sports industry across the continent.

As Ghanaian football continues its trajectory towards excellence, Jamil Maraby stands as a beacon of innovation and leadership, driving the narrative of transformation and growth.

His legacy transcends mere achievements, embodying the spirit of resilience, determination and visionary leadership that defines the future of African football.

In the ever-changing landscape of sports marketing, Jamil Maraby’s journey is a testament to the power of passion, perseverance and strategic vision. As Ghanaian football charts a path to greater heights, Maraby’s indomitable spirit and unwavering commitment light the path to success, inspiring generations to come.