Pfag wants ex-gratia for retired footballers

Published on: 14 July 2011

By Ameenu Shardow

The Professional Footballers Association will be tabling a proposal to the Ghana Football Association to constitute an award scheme for players who served the country with distinction.

According to the general secretary of the welfare body, Tony Baffoe, the players are the primary actors of the game and need to be well taken cared off even after their playing careers.

“Some of our retired players are not living well at all and we need to do something to show appreciation for their work for the nation,” Baffoe exclusively told GHANAsoccernet.com.

“We will present and discuss the issue with the Ghana FA to see whether maybe we can have ex-gratia for players who paid their dues in the 60’s, 70’s and early 80’s and won the African Cup but didn’t have anything, something must be done for them.”

The issue of ex-gratia has been in the news recently with an ongoing debate as to whether executive committee members deserve severance packages for their selfless contribution to Ghana football.

Comments

  • Joe.
    says: 8 years ago
    The nation can only do that for those players who were paying taxes. So if you know you were taken bonuses without paying tax forget it. You'll never get even dime.
  • Agya Addai
    says: 8 years ago
    Yooooo y'ate. We hear and players dont want to pay tax ?
  • Obi Ba
    says: 8 years ago
    What is this? Every worker is important and contributes to National development, not only footballers. Let's consider these: 1. Are footballers paid during their playing times? 2. Do they receive bonuses when they are successful like any other worker at his/her workplace? 3. Do all other workers receive ex-gratias years after retirement? I think the solution lies with personal financial planning, including joining a pension/retirement scheme. Why can't footballers join say, SSNIT or Private Pension Scheme offered by numerous insurance companies? The state hasn't got that much money, I guess, to pay every retired person. If, so it should not start with footballers. Doctors, nurses, teachers, farmers, fishermen, traders, mechanics, tailors, hairdressers, musicians, miners, kayayoo/yie, you count them, are all important and will follow . This will set a very bad precedence. My Suggestion: GFA should register all footballers now; let them contribute a percentage of their total earnings periodically, can be annual; properly invest the funds, say, through registered Fund Managers; then pay retirement benefits from this when due. Thank you.
  • Nii dodoo
    says: 8 years ago
    Hmmmm interesting very soon everybody will need that sh*t too(ex gratia).
  • murtala
    says: 8 years ago
    hi joe,when i was reading the artical i thought it was a good idea till i got to your comment but all the same past gfa executive are asking for ex-gratia dont you think some of this player deserve something especially those who played very well for the nation but never had the chance to play outside.
  • Joe.
    says: 8 years ago
    U're right bro. But the issue here is were they taking winning bonuses?. Were they not taking salaries in the club they played in?. If no then I think they deserve something small but if yes then Tony Baffoe shld come again even with those at the F.A who claim they are into football because of the passion they have for the game and now calling for ex-gratia.If that is the case then any body who is recognized by the FA shld be given ex-gratia
  • APUU
    says: 8 years ago
    thats good idea they should demand that from the fifa through F.A because if they should demand exgratia thing from the government then fifa will fire Ghana name from football list