Osei Palmer

Disqualified Ghana Football Association (GFA) presidential candidate, Wilfred Kwaku Osei, popularly known as Palmer, is surprised by the GFA’s interest in benefiting from the Covid-19 Trust Fund.

Government’s Covid-19 Trust Fund aims to raise money to help the nation’s fight against the pandemic. Some affected businesses will benefit from this fund.

Currently, all public gatherings, including sports events, have been banned as part of measures to curb the spread of the disease.

The GFA has also suspended all its competitions until further notice.

With the suspension, clubs are finding it difficult to meet their financial obligations. Asante Kotoko have taken steps to reduce the salaries of their players.

The GFA led by President Kurt Okraku in its bid to support the clubs has approached the government to secure a slice of the fund.

Kurt Okraku

However, Palmer, in an interview with Asempa FM, described the decision by GFA as surprising.

According to Palmer, if he was in charge of GFA, he would have taken a different approach like asking the government to reduce the 17.5% gate proceeds tax the clubs pay.

“I was surprised that Kurt Okraku went to the government to borrow money for the clubs,” he said.

“For me, I would have asked the government to remove the 17.5% VAT they let us pay for gate proceeds for about two years so that the cost of football will be low and we will be able to generate revenue. We all need to meet and generate a policy document because that is what the government understands.”

Palmer was disqualified from contesting the 2019 GFA Presidential elections which Kurt Okraku won.

He is challenging his disqualification at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)