Ethiopia-based Ghana international Lee Addy believes club owners in Ghana Premier League aren’t doing enough to retain stars.
Addy, who represented Ghana at the 2010 World Cup, played for Berekum Chelsea during his days on the local scene bemoaned the poor remuneration players in the local league endure hence the decision to move overseas.
He admonished club administrators to pay local players well to ward off interest from overseas.
“Our only motivation to stay and play in the [Ghanaian] league is if Ghanaian clubs are able to present us with good offers,” Addy told Happy FM.
“I will urge all the big clubs in the country to invest in the players and they will gain in the long run. It will also help the league to be competitive.
Most in the Ghana Premier League include Gladson Awako, Yahaya Mohammed, Felix Annan have called on the country’s football association to set a minimum wage for players. and Lee Addy has backed that suggestion.
“In Ethiopia, the FA has set a standard for players to be paid a minimum of $1,000 [€874]. Most players in Ghana will prefer to play in Ethiopia than in Ghana because of the salary.
“We hope the GFA can turn things around on this issue but it must start from now.”
Lee Addy is currently under quarantine at the Ghanaman Soccer Centre of Excellence after being evacuated from Ethiopia.
He is among the over 22 players who have been brought back home after they sent an SOS call to the government.
He has thanked the government and the GFA for coming to the aid.
“We are pleased with what the government and the GFA have done for us, in fact, we didn’t expect them to help us this way,” Addy said.
“I will advise any Ghanaian to visit the Ghana embassy in any country they travel to and inform them of their arrival so in case of any problem they can reach out to them.”