President of the Ghana Soccer Affiliation, Kurt E. S Okraku,
on Wednesday, Would possibly 13, 2020, gave an replace at the affect of
COVID-19 at the soccer trade and different issues associated with
engagements with stakeholders and executive about the best way ahead
for the game.
Mr. Okraku was once on a program arranged by way of Accra-based radio
station Satisfied 98.nine FM and GTV Sports activities+. At the panel have been Deputy
Early life and Sports activities Perry Okudzeto, Ben Nunoo Mensah, President of the
Ghana Olympic Committee, Hon. Alex Kofi Agyekum M.P for Mpohor and
Chairman of the Parliament Make a selection Committee on Sports activities and Tradition.
Some other visitor at the dialogue was once Charles Osei Asibey, Secretary
of the Sports activities Writers Affiliation of Ghana (SWAG).
Learn in complete, a transcript of what the GFA President mentioned:
How has COVID-19 affected the improvement of soccer in
“If there may be an trade on this nation that has suffered
over the past 4 years, it’s the soccer trade. I’m pronouncing
this on account of what we went thru after ‘Quantity 12’ exposé
when the entirety floor to a halt utterly for just about two years
the place our female and male suffered because of no soccer
job. There are about 5,000 people who find themselves without delay hired in
the highest flights of our soccer. So going two years with out
soccer was once now not simple as a result of homeowners of golf equipment went thru so much.
Nowadays, avid gamers are suffering to show off their ability on account of
COVID-19. Membership homeowners don’t see their method transparent on account of this
pandemic. At a time once we concept the sport was once choosing up, on
got here COVID-19 so the impact is unquantifiable. Even the media has
been badly hit. Once I consider my colleague membership homeowners, for
example, I’ve Five golf equipment in Ghana, transfer to the 18 Premier League
golf equipment, 48 Department One golf equipment, Department Two, Girls’s League, Colts
League. As issues stand, the soccer trade has in point of fact suffered
inside the final 3 years. For us to be on our ft once more, God
If we come to a decision to annul the League. What is going to be the income loss
to golf equipment?
As we discuss, there’s no resolution as as to whether the Ghana
Premier League could be cancelled or now not. We’re nonetheless in talks. If
we’re to cancel the league, it’s going to be every other making an attempt length for
avid gamers, golf equipment, referees and everyone enthusiastic about soccer.
A cancellation will virtually undoubtedly imply lack of sponsorship
income to golf equipment. I don’t have the precise figures as to how a lot
income golf equipment will lose if the league is cancelled. However you don’t
be expecting sponsors to proceed sponsoring when there are not any soccer
actions. The monetary demanding situations imply the problem of participant
salaries, already a delicate matter, has arise. I proportion within the
ache of membership homeowners at this day and age. Right through the sector
when problems like this arise, the problem of wage comes up. FIFA
has spoken about the problem. They don’t need us to the touch the
salaries of footballers however it’s one thing that has come to our
consideration however we wish to recognize the verdict of FIFA.
On resolution making at this second
On the final Government Council assembly, we gave ourselves up until
the tip of June to decide. We’re making an allowance for all
eventualities in our engagements with stakeholders. Our clinical staff
led by way of Dr. Adam Baba is operating very laborious to get a hold of a
file for us to believe. I need to name for calm. We will take
a choice within the passion of everyone. We can be in contact our
resolution if we come to a decision to both cancel or truncate the season. In
the interim, FIFA stays the GFA’s major hopes of economic
salvation. We also are looking ahead to FIFA to fast-track the method
and get us the Emergency COVID-19 Fund.
Is it now not a flaw that we don’t have figures to again our
argument on losses and contributions of soccer to the GDP at this
I believe we’re in a degree in our soccer construction the place we
wish to make room for science to play a play a large section in no matter
we do. That might imply science will lead within the issues we do to
supply data to the country. That is one thing that the FA
beneath my management will do. The truth that it hasn’t been accomplished in
the previous does now not imply it received’t be accomplished. It’s one thing that I
in point of fact need to do.
What are you able to let us know in regards to the stimulus bundle from
Sooner than the brand new soccer season beneath my management, we
approached executive for beef up and it was once on account of the
issues we confronted inside the final two years. There was once the will for
us to be helped to return again on our ft. So we met the Sports activities
Ministry and certainly they shared in our issues for which explanation why
the Sports activities Minister organized for us to fulfill the President, H.E Nana
Akufo-Addo. Only some months after our engagement, increase, on got here
COVID-19. So it has halted the entirety we installed position. Soccer is
giant, it’s probably the most most powerful automobiles that can be utilized to
turn into the country. It has affected each side of the economic system.
You have a look at the assured income streams for soccer golf equipment in
Ghana, from participant buying and selling, to gate proceeds and the likes are all
off. So we went again to the Sports activities Ministry once more with a suggestion
looking for for lend a hand. Discussions have long past on rather well and we’re
taking a look at executive to get a hold of a bundle to lend a hand the
What in regards to the Global our bodies?
Past executive, we now have engaged WAFU, CAF and FIFA. Certainly
WAFU was once taking a look at CAF; CAF was once additionally taking a look at FIFA. However what I
can say is that, the FIFA Bureau is doing so much to lend a hand alleviate
the hardship of Member Associations right through this time. We have now had
a number of conferences with the management of FIFA; all our discussions
had been certain. We can’t make growth with out FIFA and
executive intervention as a result of executive is a big stakeholder
in soccer construction in Ghana. The FA will sit down over the problem,
seek the advice of and make selections that would receive advantages our individuals as a result of
golf equipment are in point of fact struggling. This is a incontrovertible fact that sooner than soccer can
develop; there’s a want for presidency to spend money on the sport. In
different international locations, executive offers direct cash to golf equipment. The
platform is fantastic and it will probably handiest be harnessed correctly if all of us
come in combination and paintings.
So what subsequent?
At this degree, stakeholders know the method concerned and the
degree we’re. Everyone knows cupboard met a couple of days in the past to make a
resolution. Once more, FIFA President Gianni Infantino says he’s doing
his highest to fast-track the method and make some cash to be had to
“Even in shortage we discovered a option to beef up our golf equipment. The
golf equipment are enjoying a ready recreation however they’re certain as a result of we
had been very open and clear to them. We understand it’s now not
simple however we’re certain.
About FIFA Ahead and Emergency Fund
The FIFA Ahead operational fund, which is $500,000 and the
COVID-19 Emergency fund this is unknown, those are two other
price range. The cash has now not but come from FIFA however we consider it’s going to
hit our accounts quickly to be put to just right use.
Your golf equipment sought after you to proportion the cash to them. What are you able to
say about that?
The FA stocks within the pains of our golf equipment and our direct
stakeholders for which explanation why we got here to their support once we gained
the 1,000,000 bucks from Glo sooner than the graduation of the
league. It provides you with a sign of ways a lot we all know our golf equipment,
how a lot we recognize our golf equipment and what kind of we all the time attempt to meet
them midway. Alternatively, when FIFA provides you with cash for a selected
challenge, FIFA tells you precisely what to do with the cash. You
can’t withdraw money, you’re taking loans with the cash, and you’ll
misappropriate the price range. With FIFA Ahead, it’s as strict as
IMF, although I don’t have enjoy with the IMF. However let me
hasten so as to add that the FIFA COVID-19 Emergency Fund will come and
when it comes, the FA will care for our golf equipment.
Replace us to your Discuss with to Prampram on Tuesday
The Government Council met to take a choice and probably the most
essential issues we did was once to make use of our intangible belongings so our
Communications Division along with the Global Members of the family
Division determined to make use of our foreign-based avid gamers to document
tutorial movies on COVID-19 within the combat in opposition to the pandemic.
Past this, we checked out our facility at Prampram that may space
a minimum of 250 other people and that call was once neatly gained by way of the
Council. The ability goes thru a big facelift and I’m
positive inside the coming days, where shall be able to be used. I
wish to take the chance to thank President H.E Nana Addo
Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the Ministry of Well being, the Ghana Well being Carrier
and the entire stakeholders for his or her roles.
On the future of Ghana Soccer
The Government Council stocks within the ache of all golf equipment in Ghana
right through this difficult length. We’re on this in combination. We play a
giant section within the lives of each Ghanaian. We deliver hope, we provide
aspirations to those who would now not in most cases be discovered from the
woods of Ghana. We heal wounds. It’s right now that we wish to
keep in combination as a circle of relatives as a result of no unmarried person has solutions
to the entire issues dealing with the soccer trade. And at this
second, we want all trade avid gamers on board. Let’s combat
internally and let’s agree on the most efficient foot to position ahead for
the nice of the Soccer Affiliation. I consider we now have sufficient
high quality on this nation and I consider with superb control, we
would get again to our superb days. We’re craving for the massive
trophies, simply because the President Nana Akufo-Addo mentioned. We’re
craving for the AFCON, we’re craving for the CAF Champions
League and with laborious paintings, those trophies would come.