Ten percent transfer fee to Ghana FA and Ghalca must be scrapped, says Afriyie

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Former Ghana Football Association vice president George Afriyie has argued that the ten percent of transfer money from player sales to Ghana Football Association and Ghana League Clubs Association should be abolished.

According to Afriyie, the idea behind this law made several years ago, isn’t relevant today since clubs have devised new ways to avoid it because they don’t see any positives from it.

“We must erase the 10 per cent paid by clubs to the Ghana FA after direct onward transfers. It has outlived its purpose and most clubs evade it by transferring players on loan initially and pay $500 for the ITC with an option to make it permanent later. Once it is made permanent they pay nothing to the GFA. Palmer’s transfer became talk of town because the money involved was huge,” George Afriyie told Nhyira FM.

“I am one of the advocates who will propose at congress for the 10 per cent paid by clubs to the GFA for transfers outside to be scrapped.

“This is because the purpose has been defeated. The purpose wasfor the FA and GHALCA to use the funds generated to support the clubs in terms of their welfare, juvenile football and others but that has not been realized. It has been a while we organized any competition for juvenile football,” he added.

“Let’s say Osei Palmer scouts a player from a colts club in Ashaiman, he is able to sell the player and 5% each of the amount is given to the GFA and GHALCA and it is not used to develop youth football, then what benefit has the club gained.

He added: “GHALCA for instance is supposed to be a welfare body for the clubs but has become welfare for members but not the clubs. When have they gone to the aid of any club or clubs in difficulty? I am positive I will have the support of a lot of clubs to get rid of it.”

Afriyie is the bankroller of Division One League side Okyeman Planners and the club recently transferred two players to Europe during the January transfer window.

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