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Ebo Appiah Writes: Asante Kotoko vs GFA Media Rights Brouhaha

Published on: 18 November 2020

Ghana premier league regulations (2019) Article 42 clause 5

42.OWNERSHIP, COMMERCIAL, & MEDIA RIGHTS OF THE LEAGUE

(5) Clubs may apply to film matches in which they are involved and shall proceed to film same, provided it is cleared by the GFA on payment of the appropriate fee determined by the GFA. Video films shall be used for the clubs’ education purposes only. Clubs are prohibited from being used for commercial purposes, without GFA’s approval.

Our 1992 constitution gives freedom of association. Such that even if an individual enters into an agreement with another party which violates it, that agreement shall be deemed null and void.

Therefore the Executive Council and General Secretary of the GFA for that matter can not enter into an agreement with the broadcast partner that seeks to set aside what's clearly enshrined in the Ghana Premier league regulations (2019).

They must take immediate steps and advise star times to back off or rearrange the said contract.

The GFA must stay committed to its own statutes, use entreaties and appeal reasonably to its shareholders.

A level headed & flexible approach will serve the industry well than operate without due consultation.

Clubs are already bleeding financially for agreeing to play the league  without sponsors.

That being the case, attempts should not be made to sabotage the little income derived from sponsorship/partnerships or player sales.

I implore the GFA to take a sober tone and desist from using the Disciplinary committee to threaten clubs into submission.

That's not right and completely UNACCEPTABLE.

The $15,000 paid in bits and (installments) by star times can't even attempt to let clubs meet club licensing regulations, so they should not be seen as an impediment in the way of the clubs. Rather let's all try to be fair with one another.

At the same time, half a loaf is better than none... We must engage to make it a win win situation... A belligerent and confrontational posture between the GFA and clubs will drive away potential sponsors.

The earlier the GFA engages the clubs and changes their approach the better for our game.

Kotoko on the other hand have to be patient and resolve issues with the GFA since after the payment of the requisite fees, they were obliged to obtain approval letters from the GFA, to give them the right to cover their matches.

It is prudent and proper that per the regulations you first get approval upon paying before you proceed to cover your matches.

That way there's a mutual understanding from all parties involved devoid of rancour.

Let's build Ghana football together as one.

By Ebo Appiah

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