Ghana Football Association President Kurt Okraku has urged the country’s Sports Minister, Mustapha Ussif, to reconsider the deployment of the e-ticketing system for domestic football matches, or to run it concurrently with the manual system.
Okraku made the appeal during a meeting with the Minister on Wednesday. He attributed the low attendance figures recorded in the local games to the e-ticketing system last week.
The Ghana Premier League has been suffering from dwindling fan attendance, even during games featuring popular teams such as Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko, which have struggled to attract over 5,000 fans.
While expressing his support for the e-ticketing system as the way forward, Okraku emphasized the need for an aggressive educational campaign to sensitize football consumers, supporters’ groups, and other stakeholders before the complete rollout of the digital platform.
“Hon. Minister, I think we need to look into the deployment of the e-ticketing platform again. I am in full support of the e-ticketing system because I think it’s the new way. But we needed to run a lot of education programs before implementing it,” said Okraku.
“I suggest we run aggressive educational campaigns to educate the leadership of the supporters groups, football consumers, and the various stakeholders as we gradually face out the manual platform,” he added.