Mbella’s Monthly Salary Equal to Ghana League Winner’s Prize Money: Kotoko CEO Drops Bombshell
Kumasi Asante Kotoko’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Nana Yaw Amponsah, has criticized the Ghana Football Association (GFA) for the Ghana Premier League’s meager prize money.
In a recent interview, Amponsah claimed that Frank Mbella, a former Cameroonian striker, makes the same amount of money each month as the Premier League champions of Ghana, who receive 300,000 GHC, which is approximately $25,000.
Mbella, who left Kotoko before the 2022–2023 season to join Al Masry in Egypt, earned the same salary as the Ghana League winner’s prize money. Amponsah believes that this is a clear indication that the GFA needs to do more to support local clubs.
According to Amponsah, Ghanaian clubs are struggling financially, and the prize money for the league winners is simply not enough.
To express the financial struggles that Ghanaian clubs are facing, Amponsah has launched the hashtag #BuildingHeavenInHell.
Amponsah has been vocal about the need for more financial support for local clubs. He believes that the GFA should do more to attract sponsors and increase revenue for clubs in the league.
In a recent interview, he stated that “If we don’t take care of our clubs, we will continue to lose our players to other countries. We need to invest in our clubs so that they can compete at the highest level.”
To address the financial challenges facing Ghanaian clubs, the betting company BetPawa provided a sponsorship sum of one million dollars, which was distributed among the 18 teams competing in the 2022–2023 BetPawa Ghana Premier League.
Each team received $25,278, and an extra $1,000,000 was allocated to marketing and promotion of the league.
While this sponsorship is a step in the right direction, Amponsah believes that more needs to be done. He is calling on the GFA to increase the prize money for the league winners and to do more to attract sponsors to the league.
In conclusion, the financial struggles facing Ghanaian clubs are real, and more needs to be done to support them.
The GFA should take steps to attract sponsors and increase revenue for local clubs so that they can compete at the highest level.
The sponsorship from BetPawa is a positive step, but more needs to be done to ensure the long-term sustainability of Ghanaian football.