May 27, 2024
what GFA Executives told president Akufo-Addo in secret Jubilee House meeting

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The Ghana Football Association’s Executive Council has held talks with President Akufo-Addo to discuss the development of the sport.

Council members Dr. Randy Abbey, Nana Oduro Sarfo, Gifty Oware-Mensah were led by GFA president Kurt Okraku and his vice Mark Addo in Wednesday’s crucial meeting.

The delegation was introduced to the president by Sports Minister Mustapha Ussif.

The meeting discussed issues affecting the development football in Ghana.

Here are the issues raised by GFA Executives.

– That the existing legislative framework for motivating corporate support for football be proactively activated and implemented. An attractive tax waiver law should be passed for companies that invest $2 million in football with that expenditure seen as their corporate social responsibility. 

President Akufo-Addo and GFA Executives pose for the cameras after the meeting

–  That Government take the strategic decision to invest in Grassroots Football Development. That the Government supports GFD in the [16] regions with a total of $5 million a year. That Government embarks on a One District, One Turf program with the GFA and that, items imported for use by the national teams and GFD are tax exempted

–  That national stadia are renovated with a sustainable model for operation with the National Sports Authority liaising with the GFA to ensure a win-win situation in the use of the stadiums and that Government assists the GFA to acquire two buses for the national teams. 

–  The Government spreadheads an initiative to engage all stakeholders (FDA, MOYS, GFA, Beverage Companies) to develop the framework to enable beverage companies invest and sponsor football. That football clubs in alignment with the entertainment industry be levied 3% VAT to enable clubs build their capacities.   

–  That the MOYS support travel budgets for clubs participating in Africa whilst the GFA continues to explore additional forms of support. Government bears costs of accommodation, airline tickets and per diem to clubs in Africa during foreign trips. That government supports clubs in Africa with security and accommodation for referees in their home games. 

–  The GFA, GES and others collaborate to strengthen schools’ football, by identifying talented players in schools after which the GFA will place them in the newly established GFA Elite Academy. 

  A concerted collaborative effort be made by the MOYS and GFA to pay the salaries of the technical teams of all the remaining national teams and Government considers an arrangement that raises sponsorship for all local leagues, either through direct investment or through viable tax vehicles. Note: President Akufo-Addo promised to act on the points raised by the GFA.

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