COVID-19 relief fund: I don't understand why national teams are getting a share- Medeama's Patrick Akoto

Published on: 18 July 2020

Medeama SC communications director, Patrick Akoto, expressed his confusion at the national teams receiving part of the COVID-19 relief fund given out by FIFA and CAF. 

Akoto makes the case that the Ghana Football Association does not make major expenses on the national teams and as such should not be allocating part of their money to them.

"We need to understand what went into the relief fund given to the national teams. In some federations, they take full burden of national teams. In fact some of them pay the national team coaches. FIFA may have a set directive but it doesn’t need to be applied due to the situation we have," he told Nathaniel Attoh.

He added: “In the Nigerian Football Federation for example, they pay their coaches directly so if they decide to use part of the funds for the national team, that will not be a problem but that is not the case for Ghana."

"We need to balance the scale. If we say we are mitigating, how are we mitigating the Black Stars where the players take $17,000 dollars?” he quizzed.

The GPL clubs are set to receive $270,000 from the fund.