GHALCA have hatched a plan to boycott the FA’s Gala competition over paltry appearance fee, barely two weeks before the start of the knockout competition, according to ghanasoccernet.com
Officials of the club’s umbrella body are seething with anger after being told they will pocket only $2,000 as appearance fee.
The 16 Premier League clubs are unhappy about the figure and have held secret meetings with GHALCA’s top brass to pull plugs on the competition.
Several closed-door meetings have taken place over the matter with over 12 Premier League chairmen signing an accord to withdraw from the competition until clarity is brought on the ensuing episode.
StarTimes, which recently acquired the media rights for the Ghana Premier League, are reported to have pumped $100,000 into the two-day competition.
Yet, curiously, the 16 clubs will only get a fraction of the amount, leading to suspicions and conspiracy theories.
Top officials of premier league clubs have been tight-lipped on the internal controversy which threatens the FA’s mini competition scheduled for Kumasi.
The Gala competition is expected to take place at the Baba Yara stadium between January 28-29.
It is expected to involve all 16 Ghana Premier League clubs playing out a total of 20 minutes each half, as a curtain-raiser to usher in the new Ghana premier league season, set to kick off on 4th February, 2017.
Kumasi Asante Kotoko won the last gala competition, held in 2001.