‘Use COVID-19 period to repackage league’
Former management member of Asante Kotoko, Rev Osei Kofi, has called on the Ghana Football Association (GFA), to use the COVID-19 period to think of how better to make the Ghana premier league and also take a look at player remuneration.
According to him, by so doing, the FA would be able to enrich the league, maintain the best performing players who would in turn, attract corporate sponsorship “and the game would rise to the level Ghanaians desire it to be.”
“Our league has sunk; it is nothing to write home about today and this is the best time to focus on how to make it strong to be able to compete with the other leagues on the continent.”
He noted that in the GFA’s thought process, the main actors of the game – which are the footballers, should be the key priority feature.
“The footballers should be the GFA’s topmost priority and they should make sure players are paid very well because a well-paid player would be motivated to give off his or her best rather than thinking of moving outside at the very least opportunity.
“I recently heard that a Ghanaian footballer was in Vietnam and his reason is that the little he gets from there is way higher than what he earns in Ghana. For me, this is a big indictment on our league,” he told the Times Sports on Wednesday.
He added that when becomes a footballer, they are automatically made the breadwinner of the family and must strive to keep that status.
“Indeed, society would even add its pressure on you; if you are unable to keep up with your expectations, then you are tagged as a failure. This and many other factors will always force our best players to chase peanuts in foreign lands just to keep up appearances and render our own leagues dormant.
“We are all anxiously waiting for the return of football, but we must also be thinking about the main actors of the game – the players. They are the reason football is still alive, not officials. If we allow football to return the way it was pre-COVID-19, then we should forget it,” he added.
BY RAYMOND ACKUMEY