Fix issues with player salaries: Annan pleads with Normalisation Committee

Author: Beatrice Laryea
Felix Annan

Kumasi Asante Kotoko goalkeeper, Felix Annan has appealed to the FIFA/CAF-appointed Normalisation Committee,  headed by Dr Kofi Amoah, to consider and provide a solution to the challenges with player salaries as the committee sets out to reform Ghana football.

According to Annan, the frequent player exodus which has hit the local league can be fixed once salaries of the players are given the needed consideration and timely resolution before the next league season starts.

The goalkeeper has also urged the government and corporate entities to support club owners in the payment of player salaries to ease the burden on the clubs.

“Football is our only career and every day they talk about Ghanaian players leaving our local league for countries where their leagues are not developed as our league but they pay us very little so if I go to another country and I get double or thrice what I get here, why won’t I go?

“I am not speaking just for myself, but for all the local players because as players we discuss issues that affect us and low salaries as well as delay in payment usually resurface.

“Some of the salaries are so low that you can’t even mention it public. Another challenge is also that the salaries delay unduly, and that makes survival very difficult for those affected,” he told the Graphic Sports Online.

“Since the Normalisation Committee has been tasked to fix Ghana Football, I entreat the members to also pay attention to the issue and fix that as well, because I believe it will end the player exodus and the quality of the league will improve,” he added.

The committee which was announced last Thursday, has former Airtel Ghana CEO, Lucy Quist, Dua Adonten (a lawyer and football administrator) and Naa Odofoley Nortey as members.

Notable among the immediate functions of the committee is a forensic audit on the GFA’s accounts as soon as possible and also review the GFA statutes to ensure compliance with the requirements of FIFA and the implementation of the necessary reforms.

The committee, whose mandate is expected to expire on March 31, 2019, will also act as an electoral committee whose decisions are final and binding, although its members will not be eligible for any of the open positions in the upcoming GFA elections under any circumstance.