Gov’t Warns – No quota for local Black Stars

Government has directed that call up to the Black Stars and all national teams be done on merit. Government in a White Paper refused to accept the recommendation by the Commission of Inquiry into the Brazil 2014 World Cup fiasco that the “GFA should consider a quota system for minimum of two (2) players plying their trade within the local league for all our national (male and female) teams”.

According to government any move to introduce a quota system will reduce the morale of Ghanaian players who ply the trade abroad and might be better than the local player.

“Government rejects this recommendation. It will also lower the morale of Ghanaian players who may be plying their trade outside Ghana and who may on merit be much better than the Ghanaian players plying their trade within Ghana,” the White Paper said.

Government further rejected the proposal to waive the VAT on gate proceeds of the domestic football matches. According to the paper any such action will result in “an avalanche of requests, nay demands, for VAT exemptions that cannot be accommodated”.