“Seek The Welfare Of Main Actors In Football First” – Referee Owusu Mensah To GFA
Retired referee Referee Eric Owusu Mensah has thrown weight behind Referees Association of Ghana (RAG) Chief Joe Debrah’s admonishing of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) of their spending after the recent congress revealed the allowances and monetary benefits to be enjoyed by the GFA President and the ExCo.
According to the Kumasi-based referee, the Ghana Football Association must make the principal actors of the game their priority rather than looking at their interest first.
Speaking to Kumasi based Nhyira FM, Owusu Mensah expressed displeasure on the poor attention given to referees and other stakeholders.
“The GFA hierarchy must make sure the main architects of the game are in satisfaction before they enjoy from the revenue accrued by them. They cannot enjoy whiles clubs, players and referees suffer.
When a referee makes a trip to officiate a match and earns GH 900 with all expenses inclusive, but an Executive Council member takes GH 1800 for sitting at a meeting where there is no risk whatsoever is not right,” he said.
Owusu Mensah popularly known as ''Kala'' believes there should be more focus driven towards the welfare of clubs and players who are the main stakeholders in the game.
“How many of these Executive Council Members have slept in a hotel that costs less than GH200? The clubs make fans troop to the stadium to watch games but they are suffering,” he added.
RAG President Joe Debrah is advocating the GFA to pay referees more if they are able to spend this much because they are away by this spending that there is enough from the football association to spend.