The suspension of all football activities in Ghana after the Anas expose’ six weeks ago continue to generate opposing views among some club owners and a section of the public.
Among club owners who have kicked against the imposition is the founder of New Edubiase Football Club, Mr. Yakubu Abdul Salaam who says club owners had now become victims of the dispute between the government and the Ghana Football Association (GFA).
In an interview with Graphic Sports Online, Mr. Yakubu described the ban on all football activities in Ghana “as unfair to club owners", saying “ while the litigation goes on , club owners continue to pay the salaries of players without getting returns from our investments”.
“ Some of us have invested so much into football over the years by employing the services of footballers and coaches among others to reduce the rate of unemployment in Ghana .
“ It is for this reason that the government should have sought our views before going to court to ban all football activities in Ghana”
He said the suspension of the league and the FA Cup had been causing negative effect on the various clubs whose operations had unearthed so many talents who play for the various national teams.
“Our investments have been going waste since the ban on all football activities came into effect, and our players have also become disillusioned because of idleness “ He bemoaned
He said as stakeholders in Ghana football who play useful roles to sustain the development of football, government should not have ignored club owners when they met representatives of FIFA on two occasions.
“When the government met representatives of FIFA in Ghana, they ignored us and did the same when they traveled to Zurich to see the way forward about Ghana football” Mr Yakubu lamented .
“ The contracts of our players are running while the league and FA Cup are on suspension, but we continue to pay salaries, hence the need for government to act promptly to restore the operations of football as they seek to reform Ghana football” he noted