Ghana Football Association (GFA) Executive Council member Randy Abbey has expressed his disappointment in state broadcaster, the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) actions after Chinese owned StarTimes TV won the television broadcast rights bid of the Ghana Premier League.
The GFA on Wednesday, January 8, this year, announced that the Chinese-owned StarTimes had won the television broadcast rights over the Ghana Premier League and the FA Cup competition in a $5.25 million (GH¢29.79 million) deal over the next five years.
The GFA’s announcement drew an immediate reaction from GBC, which questioned the basis of the GFA’s assessment, claiming that the corporation’s bid was both financially and technically superior to that of StarTimes.
Similarly, the GFA in a response to GBC’s statement, defended its choice and accused GBC of deliberately misinforming the public on the facts of the case.
However speaking in an interview on Joy FM Sports Link last Saturday, Randy said the statement from GBC after the bid announcement was unfortunate and could have been avoided.
”I was shocked when I saw that statement, I sat in all the meetings prior to the bid announcement. After we opened bid for proposals among other discussions, many submitted theirs including StarTimes, GBC and many others. At the close of the open bid, we did an evaluation of all the bids that was received.
”GBC own wasn’t up to expectation, StarTimes provided something more beneficial and substantial. We then had to alert them(GBC) of issues after the necessary terror investigation of all bids. After this was when they submitted another two separate bids which we saw it to be unprofessional. It was all because we had informed them of starTimes contract details.
”I was shocked after their release to the public because after all meetings, the FA made aware of future engagements for better development of the league with the firm. I was truly scandalized and disappointment on the release from GBC. I really didn’t expect that at all, it placed the FA in a terrible light.” he said.