Prof. Peter Twumasi
It has emerged that each Ghanaian club will pay a mandatory $10,500 (GH¢ 59,344.04) per week for the use of any of the state stadia when football returns.
The National Sports Authority (NSA) has revealed that the initiative
is to enable the outfit to maintain the facilities after games behind closed doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The country’s football governing body, Ghana Football Association (GFA), is in talks with stakeholders as it considers resumption of the game in the coming weeks.
Among the suggestions being considered when the sport return is playing behind closed doors, which come with huge financial cost, taking into account no-gate proceeds.
That has, indeed, compelled the NSA to come up with the seemingly astronomical charge ‒ GH¢59,344.04 per game for the use of the state facility.
NSA boss Prof. Peter Twumasi has revealed that his outfit will charge GH¢60,000 per game if it becomes obvious NSA will not benefit from gate proceeds.
And explaining what has necessitated the move on Kumasi FM, he said, “This is to enable us to observe all the COVID-19 protocols by providing sanitizers, water, soap, tissues, electricity, and maintaining the social distancing protocols.
“With this realistic charge, the NSA will have enough funds to also maintain the Stadia. We provide services without getting the required fund.”
He added, “The NSA has been constantly criticized for failing to maintain the stadia, with this charge we will be able to fix everything.”
By Kofi Owusu Aduonum