The Ghana FA Normalization Committee (NC) has reviewed upwards the percentage stake of gates proceeds to clubs for the semifinals of the Special Cup Tier-One competition.
This comes on the back of an impasse with one of the clubs, Asante Kotoko, who initially challenged a decision by the Committee to pocket 30 percent of the proceeds from each of the games and give same to the visiting team while the hosts get 40 percent.
Kotoko went as far as withdrawing from the Special Cup but the standoff was resolved last weekend after the NC accepted the Porcupine Warriors’ request for a 40 percent share of the proceeds from the one-off game which would see them travel to face arch-rivals Hearts of Oak at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday.
However, in a media release later on Wednesday, the NC says has topped it up with an extra five percent for each semifinalist.
It explained that the decision is a show of commitment to the empowerment of local clubs to be self-sufficient in all aspects in order to promote better working conditions for Ghanaian players.
AshantiGold host Karela United in the first semifinal of the Tier-One at Len Clay Stadium on Saturday, June 15.
Release in full:
The GFA-NC after carefully considering the concerns raised by clubs and appeals over the disbursement of gate proceeds has decided to review the percentage stake of gate proceeds as follows;
Home Team: 45%
Away Team: 45%
Explaining the rationale behind the review, the GFA-NC has shown its commitment to empowering local clubs to be self-sufficient in all aspects and this includes strategies that would generate enough income to invest back into the clubs.
The GFA-NC is of the view that without paying the key actors of football, the players, well, it would be very difficult to keep them in Ghana thereby creating a consistent, exciting and thriving league.
It is in this regard that the GFA-NC has reviewed the status quo and decided to give each team 45% of gate proceeds while the remaining 10% will be compensation for the NC.
Whilst encouraging clubs to be business oriented franchises, the GFA-NC also understands the challenges confronting teams.
The GFA-NC continues to operate an open door policy that stretches out its arms to all stakeholders, especially the football clubs, officials, the players, and our valued media partners.