The Juvenile Club Owners Association of Ghana (JUCOAG) have praised the Ghana Football Association (GFA) decision to scrap officiating fees during juvenile football matches.
JUCOAG President, Salasi Glover, was elated by the decision saying it would help the clubs immensely “We think it’s a very positive thing [scrapping the officiating fee] because it is very difficult getting money, you know if you have you have to be focusing on trying to get equipment and balls and bibs and all those kind of stuff for the boys to train, for over level it’s not easy when a lot of money issues come across as a challenge.”
“So we think that it is a good thing that he [GFA President, Kurt Okraku] has done to take charge of that officiating fee.” He concluded
The JUCOAG President also spoke positively about the current GFA administration’s policies such as the ‘Catch Them Young’ refereeing policy and the purchase of a new mini-van for grassroots coaches saying that juvenile football is finally getting something positive from the GFA.
“The truth is very simple, these are very good policies that are being put in place. I think for the first time in a very long while we are getting something positive on the ground from the FA.”
He has however criticised the federation’s decision to increase its affiliation fee from GHC1500 to GHC5000 “I think if you use increase affiliation fee maybe you are oversimplifying the whole issue. I don’t think moving from GHC1500 to GHC5000 is just increasing affiliation fee, that is not 100% we are talking about, that is something that suggests to us that they want doors shut on some people or they think that those we have in the system are enough for juvenile football matters.”
“We think it is not enough because with FIFA’s policy regarding grassroots football the game must go to everybody anywhere and then the kids must play for fun. So, we think that some of these things are going to hinder the development of some of these children or some of these talents from other communities.” The JUCOAG President further stated
by Leroy Hawkson|TalksAfrica.com