Togbe Afede XIV Charges Government to aid Clubs
Accra Hearts of Oak board chairman Togbe Afede XIV has charged the government of Ghana under the leadership of His Excellency Nana Addo Danquah Akufo to come to the aid of clubs with a stimulus package in these troubling times.
The clubs have petitioned the government through the GFA on several occasions to come to their aid to ease the financial headaches they face amid the coronavirus outbreak but it has to be frustrating.
This has however warranted the Council of State member to wade into the discussion, which for some time now have dominated the Ghanaian media landscape.
“In terms of government support, it’s necessary. All over the world, governments have stepped in to support. What we’re going through today, is not only limited to Ghana,”
“The havoc it has done to this world is what we see today in Ghana. And it’s not only the football that is suffering, but all other sectors are also suffering.
“If people in America need a bailout, people in America need a bailout, how much more those of us here?
“I think that football is such an important sector and government needs to step in. It’s sad that the contribution of football to our economy is not well-appreciated,” he told GTVSports+
Ghanaian clubs were hoping for financial respite when FIFA/CAF disbursed monies to its member associations but were told it was meant for other purposes much to their disappointment.
Club Owners and Administrators have had to negotiate with their players, coaches, technical staff, and auxiliary staff over salary cuts.
It remains to be seen if the government will provide some level of financial assistance to clubs in the coming days to prevent them from bankruptcy.