Mustapha Riga, president and bankroller of BA United has alleged that clubs that want to gain promotion to the top flight, the Ghana Premier League must ‘write and pay an application to GFA’ before.
This is a serious allegations that dent the image of the Association adding to the belief of the many football fanatics that the Ghanaian game is influenced by corruption.
He told Peace FM, Accra in an interview; “Venality is rampant in the lower division football in Ghana and has left several football club owners vowing to leave the sport”.
“I didn’t know I had to write an application to the GFA and pay for BA United to qualify”, he indicated.
The Ghanaian-born Dutch international lamented that the lower leagues need to corrupt if they are to gain promotion to the higher leagues including BA United who need to whet palms before they are to gain promotion from Zone 1.
He also called on the President of the land, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo to come in if the rot at the GFA is to be erased.
He said; “I am pleading with President Akufo-Addo to intervene because the corruption in our football is too much”.
The ex Bolton Wanderers player concluded by saying; “No wonder ex-footballers like Tony Yeboah, Abedi Pele and co have stayed away from the FA”.
BA United who are in Zone 1 of the GN Bank Division One League currently lies 3rd on the league log with 47 points, 7 points adrift of leaders Nea Salamina as the battle for promotion continues.