A director of Accra Great Olympics, Oluboi Commodore is advocating financial support from government for the Ghana Football Association(GFA) to start a new football season.
In Mr Commodore’s view, given what has happened to Ghana football in the past 16 months, it will be difficult for both the GFA and the clubs to smoothly start a new season without support, hence the need for a bail out from government.
“We all know what has happened to Ghana football and how that has affected both the clubs and the GFA. No competition has been played and so the sources of income have been limited. Given the circumstances, it will be difficult to have a league without sponsorship and the time is so limited to go seeking for sponsorship, therefore, I think the GFA should consider asking for support from government in a bid to bring our football back,” he told the Graphic Sports in an interview.
The long serving Olympics official asserted that most of the French speaking West African clubs were always supported by their governments so as to cushion their effort in sports development.
“In some of the West African countries, the clubs enjoy some support from their governments as contribution to the development of the sport in those countries.
“While it is true that our clubs are privately-owned and the FA autonomous, the circumstances currently require support and that should come from government. Unless an organization out of the goodwill decides to come in to support immediately, it will take a while for the GFA to get sponsors and thus the need for government to help it run a successful league,” he justified his stance.
Per a proposed programme released by the GFA, the new season for all divisions will start on the weekend of December 21 and end in July 2020, paving way for the resumption of normal football activities after the sport on the local scene was suspended in June 2018, following the investigative piece, Number 12, which indicted some top football officials in a corruption scandal.
The new GPL will have an 18-team competition following the reinstatement of Great Olympics and King Faisal, who were both embroiled in court litigation with the GFA over their demotion.
Mr Commodore described Olympics’ reinstatement as justice served though the decision did not sit well with many delegates when it was raised on the floor of congress on October 25.
Olympics had been in a long court litigation with the GFA over their demotion and efforts to have the case settled out of court were not successful, until the surprise motion to reinstate was tabled at Congress by the President of the Normalisation Committee.
Having been reinstated, Mr Commodore believed it now behoves on the club to ensure their stay in the elite division, and has thus called on all the supporting fronts to come together and rally behind the team.
He said it was time to chart a new path, stressing the need for the olive branch to be extended.
“It’s time for those who have been offended to forgive and those who erred to also change their ways. It’s time for us all to extend the olive branch to one another so that we can forgive those who offended us, come together to achieve our common goal which is to see the club succeed."