The Normalisation Committee set up by FIFA following the investigative documentary,[Number 12] on Ghana football by journalist Anas Aremeyaw has told Parliament’s Youth, Sports and Culture committee that it will need GH₵7.2m equivalent of US$1.5m for its activities and programmes.
The revelation came after the Normalisation Committee members met with parliament’s Youth, Sports and Culture committee on Tuesday at Parliament House.
“They told us they have a programme they are going to roll out and they told us they needed some amount of money of about GH₵7.2m to organize some kind of competition, as a way of reviving the whole thing.We have asked them to present the details to us” Chairman of the Youth, Sports and Culture committee, Alex Kofi Agyekum told B&FT in an interview after the Committee meeting.
The amount been requested is expected to be raised from corporate bodies, government and other sources.
He also indicated that they were satisfied with the outcome and responses from the Normalisation committee members and are confident in their work to turn around Ghana’s football.
On his part, the chairman of the Normalisation Committee, Dr.Kofi Amoah indicated that his team was contented with the outcome of the meeting and added that they will be forthcoming for advice and counsel whenever it is necessary.
According to him, football can become an appendage to Ghana’s economic infrastructure, stressing that the role it plays in entertaining, uniting were critical.
“The basic issue facing us, is do we understand the football economy and what has to happen to get our clubs profitable so that they will pay our players well, so that the fans can be entertained properly, because if the players are incentivized the games will be interesting- if referees are paid well, the refereeing will be transparent and all these will come together to excite the fans and they will multiply in their numbers.
With a larger fan base, you create a veritable platform for sponsorship, merchandising, so we improve ticket revenues to clubs,improve merchandising revenue to clubs, sponsorship revenues to clubs, they will pay players well, they will stay in Ghana and Ghana football will rise”.