Ghana's Normalisation Committee sowing 'seed of confusion' with controversial player-payment policy

Published on: 09 January 2019

The Normalisation Committee is being accused of deliberately 'sowing seed of fear, panic and confusion' amid a controversial player-payment policy that has ruffled feathers in the powerful African football nation.

The clubs are unhappy with attempts by the interim Ghana body to pay players directly amid fears it will bring disquiet between the teams and players.

The populist approach is being resisted by several clubs, with Premier League clubs threatening to boycott the three-month competition over the clandestine attempts to caught disaffection between the two parties.

The Normalisation Committee say it will pay  players of winning teams in both Tier 1 and Tier 2 competitions directly into their account.

But Aduana Stars chief executive Albert Commey has rejected the proposal as preposterous.

"We have contract with players, spend a lot on them and you want to set us on a collision course with our players? That exactly what this policy is intended to achieve," he said

"We are going to discuss and decide whether we will play or not. The decision of the Normalisation Committee is not binding on anybody."

Dreams FC Administrative Manager Ameenu Shardow re-echoed the sentiments of the clubs.

“I cannot wake up one day and come to the FA and say I am going to pay any form of incentive to the staff only because I have the funds to do so,” he is quoted by

“As clubs, we engaged our players solely based on the negotiations and agreement we have with them for which reason we have a contract.

“And in any case, who says that players are the only factor of success. In my club for instance, we believe that even the groundsman the cuts the grass to enable the players to play must share in the benefits of success.

“Not to talk of the coaches, people in management and all who are directly linked to the success of a team.

“I think this idea must be quickly abandoned because it has the risk of causing internal problems between the clubs and their employees which is the players. I don’t know where this is done.”

The player-payment policy has sparked outrage among clubs in the West African nation amid fears the policy will set the teams on a collision course with the players.

A combined 64 teams comprising sixteen (16) Premier League and forty-eight (48) Division will take part in the three-month competition.

The Normalisation Committee revealed the financial package and modalities to the clubs on Wednesday in the Ghanaian capital, Accra.

A reported $800,000 has been earmarked for the running of the emergency competition.