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Berekum Chelsea GM insists Clubs cannot generate Revenues due to COVID-19 outbreak

Berekum Chelsea General Manager Francis Yeboah has indicated that if the situation with the Covid 19 persist, some clubs in the Ghanaian top flight will not be able to cater for their player’s wages.

Ghana football came to a standstill after some residents tested positive for the virus which has also halted football globally. Parts of Ghana have since been on a lockdown in a bit to slow the spread of the virus across the country.

Delving into issues relating to players taking a wage cut during the period and economic effects on clubs, Mr. Yeboah stated that the situation is relative as the biggest clubs in Ghana, Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko have some major sponsors who will still remain committed to their contractual obligations whiles the smaller clubs are mostly financed by the owners.

“This pandemic has brought everything to a stand still, so revenues for clubs are also at a stand still. The situation is known to all and affect everyone, once again it depends on the club, for my club we should be able to cover the first 2 months but if the situation persist, we cannot continue and at this point the players will understand.”

“MTN sponsors Kotoko for instance, one of the few businesses still operating fully, therefore they are likely to still fulfill their sponsorship agreement, same with GOIL. but same cannot be said about other clubs where gate proceeds has ceased, so yes for the smaller clubs and no for the big clubs”

Mr. Yeboah also pointed out only a few clubs can consider a cut in player wages as most footballers earn a little above the minimum wage and joined in on calls for government to consider clubs in the stimulus package small and medium scale enterprises.

“There is nothing like a salary range, but every club ( professional ) pays salary above minimum wage. A salary cut depends on the wage structure of the supposed club. Is possible for some clubs to consider but not all.”

“Football clubs deserve to benefit from government’s stimulus package based on the number of people football employs, and the bailout is for households, industries etc so clubs fall under small scale industry”

By Dzidodo Ruben Adjahoe (Twitter) @adjahoe

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Frank Darkwah

Ghanaian Sports Journalist who specializes in Sports Photography and Sports writing. Accredited CAF and FIFA photo journalist

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