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Are Sports Journalists Well Paid in Ghana? - CAF Boss Questions

President of the Confederation of Africa Football [CAF], Patrice Motsepe has asked a question that has raised eye brows among media houses and its employees, sports journalists in Ghana.

At the Youth Connekt Africa Summit where the South African business mogul was the main speaker, he questioned the profitability and sustainability of media houses and as to whether its employees [Sports journalists] are well paid. “I hope they [media] are all sustainable, they are profitable, they pay you [sports journalists] well and they pay the staff well? “Because I come from the business world and we do business in forty countries in Africa, we do business worldwide. “In the businesses we succeed because we pay the employees very well. “If you don’t pay them well, you will fall the company so you need to look after them.” Patrice Motsepe said.

Scores of sports journalists are underpaid in Ghana with some media houses offering monthly allowance as low as $20 dollars. Other media houses do not offer anything to sports journalists at all even after a long service in the name of those “staff” are under internship. Gross salaries among employed Ghanaian sports journalists range between a woeful $20 dollars to a little above $250 dollars monthly, hence the lack of objectivity in the industry.

Sports journalism in Ghana has become an extremely difficult profession due to the fact that most media organizations do not want to hire the right personnel. Most media organizations always want to appoint half baked journalists or those with little knowledge in the profession in order to pay peanuts at the end of the month. It has become a worrisome issue in Ghana as it has led to a sad and impoverished life of Ghanaian journalists.Most sports journalists can not afford three square meals daily to their low income and bad salaries and allowances.

The Black Stars of Ghana have a tall mountain to climb in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier with two matches to end the qualifiers. The Black Stars are behind South Africa in Group G of the qualifiers. South Africa have 10 points with Ghana on nine points after four matches played. Ghana have an away clash against Ethiopia on November 17 in South Africa before finishing against South Africa at home on November 24. Ghana has made three FIFA World Cup appearance from 2006,2010 and the 2014 but missed the 2018 edition.

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