The Ghana Football Association is set to ink a partnership deal with the State Transport Corporation (STC). The deal among others shall see the Ghanaian Transport company render services to referees and other match officials as part of a special package.
The arrangement between the GFA and STC will allow for match officials to embark on two-way travels to cover football matches in STC vehicles as the football governing body bids to help solve challenges that confront the refereeing sector in the exercising of their duties.
The GFA President Kurt Okraku revealed this during an inaugural meet the press initiative held at Exim Bank Auditorium in Accra.
“The GFA will soon announce a deal with transport giants STC to ensure referees are provided transportation to and fro match venues,” he said.
This intervention when it finally comes to fruition will form part of measures put in place by the GFA to improve the welfare and working conditions of Ghanaian referees. It is believed that when the financial burdens of referees are eased, it will for them to exhibit strict professionalism and conduct themselves in a manner that doesn’t impugn the integrity of the game.
The Football Association disbursed GHc300,000 to the Referees Association of Ghana, before the start of the 2019/2020 season as part payment of debt owed by the previous administration.