REVERED football administrator John Frederick Mensah says he will do everything in his power to ensure Ghanaian footballers are put on a pensiom scheme by their clubs.
“I know it’s been difficult for most clubs with regard to funding and that’s why many players have not been put on a pension scheme. But I would do my best to assist the clubs in soliciting for sponsorship for that purpose in due course,” he asserted.
Mr. Mensah, who said he was working closely with the Professionals Footballers Association (PFA) to execute that vision, disclosed these in an interview with The Spectator Sports, shortly after being elected into the Executive Committee (Exco) of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) on Tuesday.
“I’m highly elated for this opportunity and I thank all who in diverse ways supported my cause,” he said, insisting that he would bring his experience to bear in the Exco as far as the future of Ghana football is concerned.
According to him, players will naturally produce a high quality performance if they know there is a package that guarantees their future “and I will work my fingers to the bone to bring that package into fruition.”
Known popularly as J.F, the 57-year-old Geodetic Engineer who has rich experience in football and business administration, project management, tourism and good working knowledge in accounting, believes the time has come for him to prove his mettle.
J.F rode on the back of newly-promoted elite side Cape Coast Mysterious Ebusua Dwarfs to make good his campaign – having served as Board Secretary for the club since 1984 to date.
“I’m determined to contribute my utmost quota to the development of Ghana football at the Executive Committee level and I thank God and the electorate for considering me worthy this time around for the slot,” he told the Spectator Sports.
In the area of hooliganism at the stadia, J.F was confident of stemming the tide with the beefing up of security at all games.
“Sometimes, we underestimate the security level at some of the games only to see it explode on our faces and this is one area that would be of major concern to me,” he stated.
According to the self-effacing personality, he would also use the experience gained from the various football committees he had served on to brighten the face of the Exco.
Mr. Mensah has served as member of the Players Status Committee from January 2015 to date; member of the Premier League Board (March 2006 – December, 2014), secretary of the then Organisation of the Ghana League Clubs Association (OGLCA) for more than 15 years, past member of the Executive Committee of the Ghana League Clubs Association (GHALCA) among many other sub-committees of the GFA.
He has chalked a lot of successes as management member of Dwarfs which saw the club participate in the CAF Cup Competitions on two occasions between the years 2000 and 2014. J.F also played a key role as a member of the Premier League Board (PLB) which adopted effective strategies and implemented new initiatives which saw a lot of transformations in the Board between the years 2006 and 2014.
As the Vice Chairman of the PLB Awards Committee, he played a key role in the successful organisation of the events from the 2010/2011 to the 2013/2014 football seasons.
Mr. Mensah is at present the General Manager of the Ghana Tourist Development Company Limited in Accra, having held the post from December 1, 2009 to date.
By John Vigah