Different tales of retired footballers and how all sportsmen in general struggle to make ends meet are well documented.
Whereas majority of the sportsmen have now realised the essence of starting saving generating projects, others have perhaps retired the beautiful game minus such ideas, leaving the post career lives as mere paupers.
In Ghana, the national football governing body, Ghana Football Association (GFA) has passed the establishment of the Retired Footballers Endowment Fund.
The fund will be officially launched on Monday December 21, 2015 at the Alisa Hotel in Accra.
GFA President Kwesi Nyantakyi is at the fore front of the project and a statement on the official Ghanaian football website noted;
Kwesi is at the helm of the establishment of the Retired Footballers Endowment fund and will introduce members of the Board of Trustees.
The newly formed Board of Trustees have been tasked to oversee the raising of funds and also manage the funds to cater for retired footballers.
A Representative of the Retired Footballers Association is expected to deliver a statement on behalf of the ex-national stars at the event.
In Uganda, Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) F.C started the players’ boda boda (motor-cycle) fund and most of the playing staff appreciated the offer.
Now that Ghana has led the way, will the rest of the African countries follow suit in their footpaths?
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