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Sports News of Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Source: footballghana.com

GFA reluctant to cancel 2019/20 GPL season – Reports


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The nation’s football governing body (GFA) is reluctant to make a definite decision on the future of the suspended 2019/2020 football season despite Confederation of African Football (CAF) issuing May 5, 2020 to member associations to decide.

According to Joy Sports, the Ghana FA in their meeting with stakeholders last week, could not reach a decision on whether to cancel the current season or not.

It is believed that the leadership of the FA is not in favour of cancelling their competitions, but created the caveat that they cannot take the decision unilaterally.

However, the FA would be seeking advice from government and health specialists on what the next line of action should be, thus, they want two more weeks from CAF to allow them to deliberate further.

With opinions divided as to whether the league must be truncated or not, some football administrators including former Executive Council member and CEO of Inter Allies, Delali Senaye has said that told it is too early to make a decision on the league.

Some also have cited that, the broadcast rights agreement with StarTimes is one of the reasons impeding their decision as they are afraid they could lose the financial package expected from the Chinese TV broadcaster.

The FA agreed to a payment plan with StarTimes in March this year, and asked Clubs for their dollar account numbers, but due to COVID-19 pandemic, the money is yet to be paid into their accounts to be disbursed to members for the fifteen league matches played so far.

Each club is expected to receive $30,000 for the season, and they could lose that should they cancel the season and declare it ‘null and void’.

There was a proposal from StarTimes to make part payment of $100,000 by the end of April, but it is unclear if the money has been paid.

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