Division One League clubs are to pay GHC 30,000 as officiating fee for the 2017/2018 season according to the Chairman of the Division One League Board, Mr. Owuahene Acheampong.
The GN Bank sponsorship for the Division One league expired at the end of the 2016/17 season, and is yet to be renewed with GN Bank yet to respond to the league’s request for a renewal. Until the contract is renewed or a new sponsor secured, Division One Clubs will have to pay GHC 30,000 as officiating fees which was covered by the GN Bank sponsorship.
“The GN Bank sponsorship for the Division one League has expired. We have written to them requesting for renewal but we have not heard from them so we don’t know whether they are going to sponsor the league again or not. If they are not going to sponsor again, then each club will have to pay GH 30,000 as officiating fee for the season” Mr. Acheampong revealed.
He added that the board is engaging the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to assist the clubs because most of the clubs are financially handicapped and unable to pay such a huge amount.
“We are brain-storming with the GFA to seek for help from the government because the clubs that are playing for the Division one are ‘broke’ and it will be very hard for them to pay such an amount. We want the FA to solicit assistance from Sports Ministry to lessen the burden of these poor clubs,” he noted.
Division One clubs were supposed to pay GHC 28.000 but the sponsorship catered for GHC 19,600 and the clubs only paid GHC 8,400.
He called on government to assist clubs playing in the country’s second tier league.
“I believe the Government needs to help the Division one clubs because if you go to Nigeria, the government pays for all the staffs and the technical staffs of the clubs, they build stadiums for them so the government must do same to save the football in the country,” he added.