Former Ghana international Yusif Chibsah has urged football administrators in Ghana to at least set up $1000 a minimum wage for players who play in the Ghana Premier League.
Speaking on Kumasi based Abusua FM’s Sports Arena show, the former Asante Kotoko star argued setting the supposed amount as minimum monthly wage for players who play in the Ghanaian top flight league will help reduce the continuous player exodus at the end of every league season.
He says ”Football is not a life time profession because as a player you can’t play football forever that is how come elsewhere in Europe players take home huge amounts but in our case it’s entirely different. Until recently Ghanaian players after retirement where not entitled to pension fees unlike government workers or private companies who pay their workers SSNIT contributions to enable them enjoy something small monthly after retirement”.
”Therefore if you take all these factors into consideration then we are compelled to practice what being done elsewhere in Europe by setting at least a minimum wage of $1000 which is quite reasonable”.
”But you as yourself will these clubs be able to pay such amount to the players so that is why we keep begging companies in the country to come on board to help better the lives of our players who play in the domestic league”. Added Chibsah.
Chibsah, who is an active member of the Profession Footballers Association of Ghana believes that good salaries will be able to sustain quality players in the league who will resuscitate the excitement characterised by the Ghana Premier League.