The Professional Footballers Association of Ghana (PFAG) held a seminar to enlighten home-based players of issues bothering on their welfare.
The professional union which is made up for current and former footballers held discussions in areas regarding negotiating and signing standardized contracts, the rights and responsibilities as professional players and also to make them aware of opportunities available to them as members of the PFAG.
The seminar held on Friday which also included some of the administrators of football Ghanaian clubs was used to share experiences in the idle football settings in Germany, France, Italy and the USA in how they dealt with player welfare.
The PFAG have been on a crusade to ensure home-based players are guaranteed standardized contracts which will see them gain minimum level of benefits.
Resource persons at the seminar
Players were also made aware of a pension scheme being run by the PFAG to cater for their future – especially when they retire from the sport.
The seminar which was attended by Ghana FA President Kwesi Nyantakyi had the likes of Ben Koufie, Sammy Kuffour, Anthony Baffoe, Stephen Appiah, Solomon Torson, Abubakari Damba, Ibrahim Tanko, Augustine Arhinful and Joe Addo as resource persons.
Captains of the various Ghana Premier League clubs including Lawrence Lartey, Godwin Attram, Stephen Ahorlu, Jordan Opoku, Baba Mensah and Daniel Agyei were all present for the seminar.
“There have been several seminars for various stakeholders in football but non for the players and that is why we organized this seminar,” PFAG General Secretary Anthony Baffoe told GHANAsoccernet.com.
“It [the seminar] went really well with a lot of experiences shared. We at the PFAG are only interested in leaving a legacy of having championed improving the welfare of all players especially the local players.
Participants at the seminar
“The players were made aware of opportunities open to them through the PFAG and also for them to go out and spread the word to others in their clubs.
“Football has changed all around the world and we need to also make these kind of changes but in a gradual manner.
“We have a lot of challenges due to our circumstances but we need to start from somewhere and then start building it up from there in a gradual process.
“This will not be the last, we have other seminars also coming up to ensure that we help develop and improve on Ghana football.”
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