Television right owners of the Ghana Premier League (GPL), Startimes Ghana Limited, has paid the Ghana Football Association (GFA) an amount of $100,000 as part payment of their sponsorship deal with the association.
$90,000, out of the total amount paid to GFA, has been shared to the 18 Ghana Premier League clubs, with each of them receiving $5,000 from the GFA.
The package to the GFA has come to reduce the financial constraints of the clubs due to the widespread of the COVID-19 disease.
Members of the Division One League also expected the GFA to come to their aid. However, sources indicate they are yet to receive any stimulus package from the GFA despite approaching them.
The GFA, however, is in line to receive some financial assistance from Fifa, as the world football governing body plans to set up a fund to mitigate the financial implications of the Covid-19 pandemic.
A member of the Division One League Board, who spoke to a radio station on condition of anonymity, revealed that the GFA has asked them to wait for Ghana’s share of the Fifa forward funds.
“They gave $90,000 out of the $100,000 to the premier league clubs so I asked an EXCO member who is on the GFA Finance committee that I thought there would have been some parachute payment to the DOL clubs because we have no sponsor and the FA has a responsibility to keep us afloat,” he said.
He further continued that: “They said there was no money and I pleaded that even if it’s not from the StarTimes money because we are all under pressure.
“Anyway there’s some money coming ie.the FIFA Forward money which fortunately FIFA President in consultation with the big wigs have agreed to waive all conditions that will make a nation eligible to access the fund.
“I understand DOL will get our fair share because we had no share in the Startimes money.
“Yes on our platform, people are asking questions.”