Former Asante Kotoko striker Eric Bekoe has bemoaned the meagre salaries players receive in the Ghana Premier league. Eric Bekoh stressed that most footballers in the Premier league cannot even marry because of the meagre fees they receive as salary.
Speaking in an interview with Angel FM and quoted by Ghanasoccernet.com, the former Asante Kotoko striker lashed out and accused football administrators in the country for being the reason why it is so.
”Even this salary you talking about management member is taking more than a player, how? After receiving the money they want results too,” he told Angel FM Sports.
”When a player who has played outside before want to re-launch his career in the Ghana Premier League, immediately they say that player will destroy the local players we have. The reason is because they do not want you to take home more than them.
”These players carry the family burden on them and looking at the salary they take home, they continue to date without the intention of marrying.
”When they get the chance to play for Kotoko and Hearts where they are open to playing outside the country, before they think of those things.”
Bekoe went on to explain why players are often accused of being ingrates.
“It is when players play for Kotoko and Hearts that they are able to remember those who contributed to their career to that level before they look back to appreciate them. Is it not that players do not show gratitude but because they are paid poorly”, he added.
Eric Bekoe was named Premier league top scorer in the 2007/08 season.