Insufficient funds delays StarTimes tourney

Author: Samuel Amoesi
Alex Ackumey

The vice chairman of the Ghana League Clubs Association (GHALCA), Alex Ackumey, has revealed that insufficient funds has delayed the  the proposed StarTimes football competition originally scheduled to kick off on September 23.

The tournament will feature clubs from the Premier League and Division One League in a knockout format.
But most clubs have complained to their mother body, GHALCA, about the financial difficulties they have to deal with since they would have to pay the salaries of their players and technical team even though football activities are currently on hold.

GHALCA, through its leadership, responded to the cry of it members by considering a StarTimes proposed competition to keep their players active. However, the competition seems to be delaying, causing players of most clubs to join the exodus bandwagon.

Mr Ackumey, in an interview with Asempa FM yesterday, told football enthusiasts that: “StarTimes budgeted for $100,000 for the competition, but we realised that the money was not enough, so we are looking for additional sponsors. We don’t want the clubs to run at a loss after the competition”.

He also noted that once there is a Normalisation Committee in place to reform Ghana football, it will be ideal to liaise with them and also hope to get financial support from government.

“We are willing to work with the Normalisation Committee. Hopefully, we will have a meeting with the Normalisation Committee before we start. Surely, we would need some financial support from government too”, he stated.

The 2018/2019 Ghana Premier League got halted after the first round due to Anas  Aremeyaw Anas’ Number 12 exposé on corruption in Ghana Football.