Goalkeeper of Asante Kotoko, Felix Annan, has petitioned the Normalization Committee to help raise the standard of living of local players to make them stay longer on the local scene.
The assistant skipper of the 2017 MTN FA CUP winners has admitted that the lack of financial motivation amongst many clubs in Ghana is pushing great talents to leave the country to less competitive leagues because their families look up to them for their upkeeps.
Annan believes if there is going to be better financial benefits for local premier league players, they will stay and play over a long period of time just as some players do elsewhere in the world.
“I speak to a lot of my colleagues and I know it is not easy playing in our local league. Our families and friends depend on us so if we are not getting the right financial benefits, we leave to play smaller clubs just to make money to sustain our selves and family”, Felix said.
Comparing remuneration of players who play in the Championship in Europe to the local players, the former WAFA shot stopper bemoaned the difference and called on government and Corporate Ghana to support since the league is a product for the nation.
“The name of our league even suggests it is for Ghana so we plead with the government, Corporate Ghana together with the Normalization Committee to come to our aid and help improve our finances”, he added.
Felix Annan was part of the local Black Stars team that won the maiden edition of the WAFU Zone B tournament hosted in Ghana in September 2017.