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16.09.2005 Football News

GHAWSOLCA rejects FIFA grant

By GNA

Accra, Sept. 16, GNA - The Ghana Women Soccer League Clubs Association (GHAWSOLCA) has rejected its share of the 250,000 dollar FIFA grant to the Ghana Football Association (GFA) on grounds of "insensitivity towards women soccer clubs" by the FA.

A statement signed by Mr Philip de-Graft Johnson, Vice Chairman of GHAWSOLCA said 10,000 dollars (89,000,000.00 cedis) being the share of the Association was woefully inadequate considering the huge expenditure of club owners in grooming the ladies.

It called for a review of its share because Ghana has a peculiar case for it has been running the league system for the past 14 years and in addition "groomed World Cup players."

The statement said countries like Benin and Togo, which did not have organised league system, were assisted with footballs and other logistics and medical care before and after championships and in some instances provided training facilities depending on the level of the championship.

It challenged the GFA to improve on its performance in order not to suffocate the clubs, which could lead to the demise of women soccer. The association also threatened not to release players to the national Women Soccer team, the Black Queens, towards the up-coming "Fifth African Women Championship," if its demand of a 70 per cent representation on the Seven-member National Women League Board was not met.

"Stakeholders of women soccer have for the past years been developing women soccer and the GFA uses the materials or the fruits of these stakeholders who with no support from anywhere single handily groomed ladies soccer players for the Black Queens," the statement said. 16 Sept. 05

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