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05.05.2020 Football News

Coronavirus: Gov't To Decide On GFA/GHALCA Stimulus Package On Friday - Majority Leader

By Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
Coronavirus: Gov't To Decide On GFA/GHALCA Stimulus Package On Friday - Majority Leader
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The Majority Leader in Parliament, Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu has disclosed that cabinet will decide on Ghana Football Association and GHALCA proposal on Friday.

Clubs in Ghana have called on their players to accept pay cut to ease financial burden following the outbreak of coronavirus which has led to the suspension of football activities.

The GFA is set to receive $500,000 as stimulus package from FIFA to its Member Associations due to the deadly virus.

The money is expected to be used as operational cost of the FA for the year 2019/20 season.

According to Hon. Kyei Mensah, the government needs to inquire whether the GFA needs the money for themselves or for the players, adding that the FA’s call for support from government, must come with ‘sufficient justification’.

"If the GFA need financial support because of COVID-19, we need to inquire whether the GFA need the money for themselves or for the players,” said the majority leader on Kumasi FM.

"I understand there’s been a brouhaha over a $500,000 fund from FIFA with the GFA claiming the money is meant for administration purpose and not for the clubs.

"I think if they are able to justify why they need a financial support from the government, the government will do the needful. I want to see the justification for it.

"There’s a cabinet meeting this Friday. The minister responsible for sports will have to present it, we will deliberate over it and see how best government can help but it must come with sufficient justification.

"They may also have to explain to us why they have decided not to give the clubs a share of the FIFA fund,” he added.

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