The Ghana Premier League has been boosted financially by the television rights holder StarTimes as each club in the top-flight has been allocated $5,000 as a partial payment of the rights deal.
The money has come as a massive boost for the 18 clubs in these challenging times of COVID-19 lockdowns with the effect of the lack of live games negatively affecting the finances of the football clubs in Ghana.
According to a report by the Broadcast Media, the Ghana Football Association (GFA) sent a communication to the clubs that part of their much-needed sponsorship deal money from the Chinese broadcaster had been received.
It has it that the bank accounts of clubs were reportedly credited with $5,000 at a time that they were struggling to pay salaries to players because they have been inactive for nearly one month.
“Live football games in the country have been postponed indefinitely following the government’s order to prevent social gatherings in an effort to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus”, it opined.
The Chairman of Bechem United Kingsley Osei Bonsu, who is also part of the Executive Council of the GFA, confirmed that the GFA had told his club about the $5,000 from StarTimes.
It recalled that in January 2020, the Ghana Football Association announced that StarTimes had won the bid for GFA broadcast rights.
StarTimes will ink a five-year agreement with the GFA worth approximately $5.25m US Dollars to be the exclusive TV Rights owner of the Ghana Premier League as well as the FA Cup with immediate effect.