The National Sports Authority (NSA) is to charge GH¢20,000 for the use of the Accra Sports Stadium for the Testimonial Match of the former skipper of the Black Stars, Stephen Appiah.
It denied reports that it was demanding GH¢30,000 plus 35 per cent of the gate proceeds.
It said the allegations were untrue and that on no occasion did the NSA demand that Primeval Media, organisers of the farewell football match, should pay the said amount before allowing the game.
The Director-General of the NSA, Mr. Joe Kpenge, in a telephone interview with The Ghanaian Times in Accra yesterday, said the Authority and the organisers had agreed on GH¢20,000 and that security cost should be borne by the organisers.
He explained that the authority had suggested that 35 per cent of the proceeds should be for it and other shareholders of the facility, but their offer was turned down by the organisers who were against the percentage-sharing policy.
He said after all attempts to have them accept the percentage-sharing failed, the GH¢20,000 was agreed upon.
He explained that the NSA usually released the facility for two categories of events –football and non-football events, adding that GH¢20,000 was charged for non-football events, while 35 per cent of gate revenues was collected for football events for the maintenance of the facility.
The Authority, he stressed, would not do anything to mar the testimonial match when it recognized the former Black Stars skipper’s contributions to the development of football in the country.
Appiah is due to play his final professional game as a footballer on Saturday, after 20 years in the game. The match is expected to be graced by many international stars who will line up with him against the Black Stars.
By Julius Yao Petetsi