FIFA and CAF support inadequate- GFA Prez. Kurt Okraku

President of the Ghana Football Association Kurt Okraku says the financial support from FIFA and CAF is inadequate to support the development of football in the country. 

Football in the West African country has been brought to a standstill due to COVID-19. However, with governments’ easing of restrictions, there has been calls for the return of football with some suggesting playing behind closed doors.

But the FA President revealed it is costly to play behind closed doors with finance being a huge challenge for clubs.

“There are quite a number of challenging areas but obviously, it all comes down to money. Clubs may have to play behind closed doors,” he said at the Sports Ministry’s Press briefing on COVID-19.

“The NSA will have to prepare the facilities for us. Some of the clubs use their own facilities; money plays a big part. The sports economy is very small and not robust. And, therefore, this is a challenging period where we have to think outside the box, be very fair in our thinking process and ensure that the best decision is taken for Ghana.”

FIFA and CAF have agreed to send monies to federations to support their activities during the corona virus crisis.

“The Ghana Football Association has heavily relied on FIFA and CAF’s support, which is clearly inadequate. We need to find ways to develop our products in a way that will attract the interest of corporate Ghana, so, we can have excess funding to effectively and sufficiently take care of our football clubs and stakeholders,” said the President.

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