Management of Dormaa-based Aduana Stars have quickly moved to reduced financial burden weighing down the club by slashing down the salaries of players, technical team and staff of the club by 50%.
Premier League football has been halted in the country since last year due to an investigative piece conducted by ace journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas on the country’s football, which revealed deep rooted corruption and greed eating up and bringing down the foundational structures set-up by predecessors and stakeholders.
The aftermath of the expose has seen a Normalisation Committee set-up by world’s football governing body FIFA to normalise and restore sanity.
Football activities has since been halted although the NC, out of their core mandate, organised a Special Competition to keep the players and clubs active to help pay salaries and bonuses of players, staff and technical members.
However, the club’s are still calling on authorities to speed things up because they are facing heavy financial challenges, with Aduana the latest to take action by reducing salaries because of lack of finances.
“We can’t blame the management of Aduana Stars for the difficulties. The Anas expose brought all this and has led the players to a difficult situation,” Elvis Opoku told Kumasi-based Otec FM.
“We will plead with the Government and the NC [Normalisation Committee] to come to the aid of the players because we are in hard times,” he added.
“If it were to be an institution, they would have gone on demonstration, but since we are players, we can’t engage in that.
“As we speak, we have kids that we pay school fees, utility bills too and this is a worry. So the government should come to our aid because football is our full-time job.
“The Government together with the NC should put proper measures in place for the come back of Ghana football,” he concluded.
By: Kofi Amoah