The Ghana Football Association (GFA) have announced that their Women’s Premier League players will receive monthly allowances as of July 2020 after the association reached an agreement to register the players on the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) Programme.
Each player will be paid five hundred Ghana cedis GH¢500.00 [which is R1,469 in South African Rands] as a monthly allowance for the next six months starting from July 2020.
The decision was taken by the Executive Council during a marathon meeting at the GFA headquarters in Accra on Tuesday.
“Five hundred individuals have been earmarked as beneficiaries – made up of the 30 registered players each from the 16 Women’s Premier League clubs (totaling 480) and 20 other persons in the league,” reads the GFA statement.
The National Sports Authority (NSA) and (YEA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) last month to set the programme in motion.
According to GHA, the implementation of this policy is the vision of YEA Board Chairman Sammi Awuku who has been at the forefront in all deliberations involving all the parties and the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
“It is such a piece of exciting news for women’s football. The initiative from YEA has been given to the women by the Executive Council,” said Madam Habiba Atta Forson, representative of women’s football on the Executive Council.
“You know, in women’s football we don’t have paying spectators and so there is no money. This is going to help the players and the clubs a lot,” she added.
“I want to say a big thank you to government, the Executive Council and the President of the GFA, Kurt E.S OKraku for helping us to get this kind of support,” concluded Habiba Atta Forson
In a statement, GHA went on to explain that the YEA is a government wing set up by law to provide jobs and create employment opportunities for the youth of Ghana.
“The GFA will in the coming days, furnish the YEA Secretariat with player details, account information and other relevant documents for the commencement of the policy.”
Meanwhile, in South Africa, Women’s teams competing in the Sasol Women League and SAFA National Women’s League (SNWL) missed out from the Department of Sports’ Covid-19 Sector Relief Fund.
On 25 March 2020, Minister Nathi Mthethwa committed R150 million towards a Relief Fund to assist athletes, to soften the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, the department’s strict criteria has meant that women’s teams were not eligible for the relief fund as “only athletes who were confirmed to participate at events that have now been cancelled or postponed due to Covid-19 and whose income is generated solely through specific sporting events,” could apply.
At club level, Women’s football in South Africa is an amateur sport and as such, players do not earn a salary from playing in the Sasol League and the SNWL.
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