Hearts of Oak have lauded the National Sports Authority’s (NSA) decision to reverse new charges introduced for teams using the Accra Sports Stadium for the 2020/21 Ghana Premier League.
The NSA in a letter on Tuesday announced charges for the usage of the Accra Sports Stadium ahead of the upcoming 2020/21 football season.
The letter signed by its Director-General Professor Peter Twumasi, said matches involving Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak and the National teams including Black Stars are category A matches and gate proceeds would be shared using the usual formula but matches involving Asante Kotoko or Hearts of Oak and other clubs classified as category B will see the home team paying GH¢20,000.00 per a game.
The announcement caused an uproar with the Ghana Football Association President demanding for an immediate review of the fees.
24hours later the NSA said they were withdrawing the charges after consultation with the Sports Minister Isaac Asiamah and the affected clubs.
“Pursuant to our letter dated 19th October 2020 with reference number NSA/HQ.5/SF13 on the above subject, Management would like to inform you that the said charges of the Accra Sports Stadium has been withdrawn following further consultation with the Sector Minister and also taking into consideration some concerns raised by the affected Clubs.”
Hearts of Oak Public Relations Officer, Kwame Opare Addo noted that the news is a welcome relief for the Phobians.
“It is good news for us and all the clubs … even, when we were allowed to fill the stadium to capacity how much money, were the clubs making he quizzed?
At least with the NSA decision, we would able to get money to support the running of the club,” he told Citi FM.