The Ghana Football Association (GFA) on Friday, December 4, 2020, received a cheque of GHc1,000,000 from the Government of Ghana for onward distribution to Premier League Clubs.
According to the government, this is part of its support mechanism to the clubs to offset some of their expenses in the era of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The presentation was done by officials of the Ministry of Youth and Sports led Harrison Sasu, Director of Finance and Administration.
Others included Emmanuel Oteng, Chief Accountant, Ahmed Osman, Communications and Kenneth Annang, Public Relations Officer. Speaking on behalf of the Ministry and Government of Ghana, Mr Osman said the donation is to support the clubs in the challenging period of COVID-19.
“His Excellency the President through the Ministry of Youth and Sports has heeded to the request of the GFA to assist our various clubs in the country with some financial support,” he said.
“You know there was a directive from the Ministry of Youth and Sports that all Premier League matches must be played behind closed doors. We are happy to observe that the clubs have adhered to the directive and the GFA through its President, General Secretary and other members had engagements with the Minister that the Ministry should find a way of assisting the clubs to meet some of their expenditure.
“The engagement went on very fine and government this morning has accepted the request made by the GFA that some assistance should be given to the clubs. This includes the Division One, Women and our Reps who are also participating in Africa engagements. But this morning we are here to present a cheque of Nine hundred thousand Ghana Cedis as first tranche thus 50 per cent of what we promised.
“We issued a statement assuring the clubs that the promise made by the government that everybody will be catered for will be fulfilled in due course.
“We are presenting this cheque to the GFA for onward transmission to the 18 clubs. The press release stated Nine Hundred Thousand but we have added Hundred Thousand cedis to it up to One million for other administrative costs inquired,” he added.
President of the GFA, Kurt Edwin Simeon Okraku, expressed his gratitude to the government and the Ministry of Youth and Sports for their continued support of football in the country.
“On behalf of the entire football industry, Executive Council, we want to express our sincere gratitude to the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for this amazing gesture.
“I think that it has come in due time. We will also like to thank the Sports Minister, Isaac Kwame Asiamah (Hon.) for being there for the Football Association all the time and playing a pivotal role. We want to also thank the entire Youth and Sports Ministry for being there for us.
“I think that it has come in time since we have been working on this for so long. We have had numerous meetings and finally, the President has delivered. This will go a long way in pushing our Premier League clubs especially during this challenging period of Covid and clubs being asked to play behind closed doors.
“I think that we are grateful for what we have been given and we look forward to receiving the second part and I have been promised that the second part is even gargantuan in nature and in character. So, we are very positive about the future of our sport and we look forward to using the football platform to educate the Ghanaian populace towards the upcoming election.
“It is dear to our heart and soul. It is important that we survive this period to be able to enjoy our football. We wish the entire country the best, vote peacefully, go home and enjoy football,” he added.
GFA General Secretary, Prosper Harrison Addo (ESQ), who received the cheque on behalf of the Association, added his voice by showing appreciation to the government.
“On behalf of the Executive Council and all the clubs who are beneficiaries of this gesture from government, I would like to express my sincerest appreciation to the government, the President of the land, our father, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Isaac Asiamah (Hon.), Staff of the Ministry, the Sports Authority for accepting to engage and listen to us and after listening to consider and quickly as possible come to our aid with this amount.
“This will indeed go a long way to help the clubs. The clubs are extremely happy about this gesture and would want to extend their appreciation to the father of the land,” he added.
Each Premier League club is expected to receive an amount of Fifty Thousand Ghana cedis.
In attendance were Executive Council Members, Madam Habiba Atta Forson, Samuel Anim Addo, Alhaji Salifu Zida, Frederick Acheampong and Kingsley Osei Bonsu.
Others included Greater Accra Regional Football Association Chairman, Samuel Aboabire and Henry Asante Twum, Director of Communications.