Below is George Afriyie’s plot on how to develop women’s football when he is elected President of the Ghana FA.
1. Women football undoubtedly, is one area where the nation has won some modest laurels and glory not to forget the educational opportunities it has offered several of our women to study abroad. These successes have been largely due to the tremendous effort of some state institutions, including the Security services, schools and colleges as well as support and directions from the GFA. It is very clear that for our women to do much better, there is the need to do more in terms of attention and focus, such that the talents of our women would be nurtured and developed in all areas ; as players, technical personnel, coaches, referees and administrators.
2. The key to accomplish this, is the establishment of a very strong, functional and well-resourced women’s football desk that would seek to improving the management and organisation of the current elite league, and also the feasibility of introducing more competitions at the schools, district and regional levels. Our Women team owners have a peculiar problem in that their game is not as lucrative as that of the men’s in terms of gate proceeds and transfer fees so club owners and administrators put in a lot without any meaningful returns.
3. What my administration intend doing is to cushion them from these hardships by introducing intervention policies such as: abolishing the payment of officiating fees, supplying the women’s’ teams with basic logistics such as bibs, footballs, cones etc., training more female coaches and organising refresher courses to upgrade the capacities of existing coaches.
4. The GFA under my leadership would encourage and support former players to take up coaching roles at various women levels in both club and national sides.
George Afriyie Manifesto