The Ghana League Clubs Association (GHALCA) was just looking at Accra Hearts of Oak as a gold mine to reap from in last year’s GHALCA Top 8 tournament.
This was disclosed to the Times sports in Accra by a former chairman of the club, Harry Zakour.
He made this statement on the backdrop of GHALCA’S decision to stick to the Top 4 tournament this season.
“We don’t need to expand the pre-season GHALCA tournament, Ghana football is going down and we have to find a better way of salvaging it.
What was needed was the upping of the prize money, but GHALCA just wanted to make money out of Accra Hearts of oak because of the huge following the club enjoys” he stated.
He mentioned that teams are motivated to play well when prize monies for tournaments are high.
He intimated that the competition for a place in the tournament therefore becomes keen, raising the general play of the league itself.
He stated that when Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko played in the Vodafone Cup in South Africa in 2001, they received $50,000 each for their participation.
He mentioned that this was what encourages managers of clubs to work around the club to raise good teams.
He re-echoed the need for GHALCA to rather invite teams from outside Ghana to add to the Top 4 tournament to give it a new excitement.
According to him, GHALCA should partner with Hoteliers, in this wise, for sponsorship.
“We are still sticking to the old system, and it is about time we broke forth to add new dimensions to conform to current trends in football,” he stressed.