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Kotoko Tops Highest Paying Clubs 4/20/2014

In First Capital Plus League, Ashgold''s Baffour Is Highest Paid Player
Kumasi Asante Kotoko are the best paid team in the Ghanaian top flight measured by
average first-team wages.

2014 CAF Confederations cup campaigners Medeama SC are placed second but Obuasi
AshGold stormed into the top three whiles players of Kumasi-based King Faisal are the
lowest earners in the top flight with an average annual salary of GH₵2,100.00, according
to a research into the salaries of the Sixteen Premier League clubs by Ghanasportsonline.com.

The average first team pay at Kotoko – the record Ghana league champions and current
league leaders has been calculated at GH₵955 player per month, or GH₵11,700 per
year .

The highest paid players at the defending champions ranges between GH₵1,450.00-
GH₵1,500.00 and includes newly signed veteran and former Arminia Bielefeld and VfL
Wolfsburg striker Isaac Boakye. Midfielder Raheem Ayew, son of Ghana legend Abedi
Pele, Ghana CHAN captain Jordan Opoku and current Kotoko skipper Michael Akuffo
are all pegged in that region.

The study revealed that the no first team player of the Porcupines receive less than
GH₵450, or GH₵5,400.00 per year.

Medeama''s first team players earn an average GH₵900 per month, or GH₵11,400 per
man per year. Highest earners include former Kotoko duo Nathaniel Asamoah and
Michael Helegbe with salaries in the region of GH₵1,200- GH₵1,400.

Players of Kotoko''s regional rivals Obuasi AshantiGold are pegged at No3, earning an
average salary of GH₵7,320 annually. Gold mining firm AngloGold Ashanti, financiers
of the Len Clay side transacts all payments and expenses in US Dollars and the
club''s wage bill soars as the Dollar rate increases. Former Ghana league top scorer
Emmanuel Baffour, who was signed from PSL side Mamelodi Sundowns has parts
of his signing on fee spread across his monthly salary and thus making him the clubs
highest paid player. Baffour earns $750 (GH₵2023.13), or GH₵24,276 annually.

Veteran Louis Agyeman takes home 40% less of Baffour''s amount. Nonetheless,
some first team members of the 1997 CAF Champions league finalists take home as
low as GH₵280 a month. Ashgold''s salary structure is reviewed after every 10 matches
based on a performance chart.

First-team stars at Kpando Heart of Lions, at No4, earn an average of GH₵650 per man
per month, or GH₵7,720 annually. Highest paid stars at the Volta side earn around
GH₵900-GH₵1,000 per month.

Former Asante Kotoko skipper, who was registered for the club for free upon his return
from Vietnam decided that his signing on fee be paid in monthly wages. Ex Black Stars skipper Stephen Ahorlu and skipper Samuel Yeboah includes the highest earners in the club.

Surprisingly, impressive striker Isaac Osae, defender Benjamin Agyare and striker Paul
Acquah, who netted the winner against Hearts of Oak are amongst the lowest earners
taking home not more than GH₵250 a month.

Ghanasportsonline.com has gathered that, Lions players have been promised a drastic
salary increment by new owner Randy Abbey, to demonstrate the depth of the pockets
of the millionaire owner.

Accra Hearts of Oak players are placed at 5th, The Phobian sky-high earners such as
Philemon McCarthy, skipper Moro Abubakar and Ruben Gnagne takes home a gross
monthly salary of GH₵700-GH₵750. The Hearts of Oak salary structure is basically
based on the number of years spent at the Accra sports stadium. With promoted youth
team players taking as low as GH₵300 cedis. Basically, the average Hearts of Oak
player earns GH₵550.

Aduana Stars are 6th in terms of player wage bills. Striker Alex Asamoah is the highest
earner at the Dormaa-based club according to the research.

Meanwhile, skipper Samuel Asiedu and other long serving team members like Godfred
Saka and Stephen Adams receive salaries ranging between GH₵500-GH₵600. The average Aduana Stars player receives approximately GH₵445. The 2009/2010 league champions however, earns the biggest match bonuses in the top flight.

Abdul Basit Mohammed, who was Berekum Chelsea''s highest earner at GH₵550 per
month, terminated his contract midway through the season.

The club''s general captain and CHAN team member Jackson Owusu is also pegged
in that region of GH₵6,000 annual salary. An average earner at Berekum receives
GH₵375. The lowest paid player at the Golden City club takes home GH₵200 a month
or GH₵ 2,400 annually.

Bechem United''s Tophic Sani is the highest earner at the club with a gross monthly
salary of GH₵500. Skipper Papa Yaw James takes 25% less of that amount. The
lowest paid player at the club earns GH₵150. Bechem United management provides
free feeding for the club twice a day. Averaged GH₵325.

Wa All Stars first team players earn an average of GH₵300. The club also provides
free accommodation for its players and thus pay less comparatively.

The lowest earning first team players in the Ghana league play for Kumasi-based King
Faisal. Highest erner at the club is skipper Tetteh Nortey who takes home GH₵350.
Ransford Kwakye, Sulley Mohammed, Pius Baffour and Farouk Mohammed are all
pegged at GH₵300 or below.

The lowest earning players receives between GH₵80-100 per month. The average
King Faisal player takes home GH₵210 per month, or GH₵2,520 per year.

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