Kotoko chase Ghana FA for copy of StarTimes contract

Published on: 19 November 2020

Ghanaian giants, Asante Kotoko have requested a copy of the Ghana Football Association's (GFAs) contract with broadcasters, StarTimes. 

In January this year, the Ghana FA signed a 5-year contract with the Chinese-owned broadcast company after an earlier deal was canceled.

The deal meant that StarTimes has the sole right to broadcast the Ghana Premier League as well as the MTN FA Cup competition.

For the purposes of analysis, Asante Kotoko last Sunday made the attempt to film their game against Techiman Eleven Wonders on Matchday 1 of the new Ghana Premier League season.

In doing so, officials of the Ghana FA stopped them and subsequently noted that it infringes on the contract with StarTimes.

Today, Asante Kotoko has in a statement asked the GFA for a copy of the contract with StarTimes as they give the country's football governing body a 4-day ultimatum.

"In your letter you stated that filming of matches infringes on your contractual obligations with StarTimes Ghana. To this end, we wish to request a copy of the contract between the GFA and StarTimes to enable us ascertain our rights and obligations and the relevant breaches with regard to clubs filming their matches.

"If we do not receive a copy of the contract by Monday, the 23rd of November 2020, we would not be in the position to honor any obligation towards StarTikes since we cannot honor without knowing our rights," parts of the statement from Kotoko reads.

Meanwhile, Kotoko has described the GFA's decision not to allow clubs to film their matches for education purposes as arbitrary and against the provisions of the Ghana Premier League Regulations (2019).