Award-winning sports journalist, Michael Oti Adjei has noted that government’s plan to pay allowances to footballers in the domestic league is not a lasting solution to the problems in local football.
In his view, the initiative is out of place as the welfare of the players are the responsibility of their club owners.
“I don’t know how sustainable that policy is, such policies are not enough to curb down such menace in the football fraternity. The key question is about how government is taking its resources to pay players when the player is employed by an individual organizations.
So what becomes the said structure if government is paying a player of Asante Kotoko and Kotoko is owned by somebody else how then do they account for transfers and the rest? There are broad implications with such policy” Michael Oti-Adjei noted.
Speaking on our morning show Campus Exclusive, the sports journalist further added that the move will not deter the players from aiming to play in Europe.
According to him, the players, like several other Ghanaians, grow up with the mindset that life is better in the diaspora.
“Ghanaian players do not travel out there because they want to earn the equivalent of 200 or 100 dollars per month, they get that here already, players only travel out there because a lot of people grow up in Ghana with the condition to believe that America and the rest provide the best of conditions.” Michael Oti Adjei maintained
“No amount of money you pay them from the Youth Employment Agency will be able to kill that sort of ambition of any player, such policies will only prevent them from leaving for countries like Vietnam and Thailand” he stated
Earlier this week, Board Chairman of the National Youth Employment Agency, Sammy Awuku hinted on government’s plans to pay allowances to players in the Ghana Premier League.
According to him, the allowances, which would be paid by government through the Youth and Sports Ministry follows the suspension of the domestic league.
Mr. Awuku explained that the move was aimed at motivating the players and as such, discussions are being held with the Sports Minister to fine-tune the decision.
In June this year, all football activities were halted after the airing of Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ Number 12 documentary which exposed rot in Ghana football.
Following the documentary, FIFA appointed a normalization committee to run the affairs of the Ghana Football Association (GFA).
The Normalisation Committee has until March 31 next year to end their mandate.
Story by: James Kweku Eshun/universnewsroom.com