A Black Stars and Asante Kotoko goalkeeper has recommended a minimum salary of one thousand dollars ($1000) for players in the Ghana Premier League.
Felix Annan who doubles as the captain of Kotoko in a chat with Sports journalist on a WhatsApp group (Sports of WhatsApp) indicated that such a pay structure policy will ensure the retention of quality players in the Ghana League and hence raise the profile of the League and the teams.
Ghana Premier League clubs have struggled to compete with their compatriots on the African continent in the CAF inter-club competitions with the last Ghanaian club to win a trophy being Hearts of Oak over 15 years ago. This phenomenon has existed mainly because of the league’s inability to retain quality players because of low remuneration by the clubs in Ghana.
It’s in this light that Felix Annan, who is himself on the radar of several African teams believes a wage policy in the Ghana League will help save the situation.
“For me the way Ghana has lots of great football talent, if there is a policy that ensures a minimum salary for football players in the Premier League is $1000, we will have players staying in Ghana to mature enough,” Annan said.
Felix Annan who was with the Black Stars at the last AFCON in Egypt added that “The policy will enable our teams to compete with other teams on the continent favourably since players will stay and mature well since they are paid well”
Felix Annan is one of the longest-serving players at Asante Kotoko, he joined them in August, 2011 from West African Football Academy(WAFA).