GFA Gives Glo Ultimatum

KwsnynThe Ghana Football Association (GFA) has given Globacom Mobile Ghana up till the end of this month to pay up monies it owes them or risk being hauled to court.

President of the GFA, Kwesi Nyantakyi, made this known to the ‘Times Sports’ at the 2013 Glo-Caf Awards in Lagos, last Friday.

“It’s long overdue. We have had a lot of patience for Glo, but I think we are being taken for granted. Now, we are getting fed-up,” Nyantakyi fumed.

The telecommunication giants took over as the headline sponsor of the league in a five-year deal worth US$ 15 million in December 2008.

Glo were expected to pay US$ 3 million to the 16 participating clubs per season until the end of the 2013/14 season.

At present, however, Glo owe the clubs a total of about US$ 5.5million – inclusive of the last season’s sponsorship amount, as well as undisclosed money to the Black Stars – all totalling over US$ 6.5 million.

“We have kept to our side of the deal. We have even gone on to hold several meetings, sometimes travelling to Nigeria, just to get this issue resolved.

“We are giving them up to the end of January 2014 to settle matters, otherwise we may have no choice than to go to court,” the GFA President stressed.

In September, last year, Head of Marketing Communications, Glo Mobile Ghana, Dominic Icha told Times Sports his outfit was determined to settle the arrears.

“Indeed, we do not intend to owe the FA. We have had the reason to stagger our payment and it is not an abnormal situation in any line of business.

“Let me reassure the FA and clubs that the remainder of the package will be honoured. How soon, I cannot put a finger on but I know it wouldn’t take long.

“We have had the cause to send a formal complaint to the FA about the need to ensure our rights are respected, but we have not seen any significant improvement,” Icha had told the Times Sports.

The league contract run out in May last year, but the Ghana FA has since decided not to re-open negotiations with Glo to extend the sponsorship deal until all outstanding bills were cleared. By John Vigah

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