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For several years the Ghanaian players’ union has been working on a collective insurance policy to protect members against serious injury and a fund for retired footballers.

These uprecedented steps in African football are now reality. 

Asamoah Gyan, who has played more than 90 times for Ghana, and 14 first-division captains attended an event in Accra to launch the two schemes.

The Minister for Youth and Sports, Edwin Nii Lantey Vanderpuye told the audience that the PFAG union has “made history”.

“The launch of our insurance and indemnity scheme, which we like to call ‘life after football’, lived up to all our expectations," Anthony Baffoe, PFAG General Secretary, said.

“The players understand perfectly well that what we have succeeded in setting up is a major step forward for Ghanaian football, but also a path for all the unions and associations on the continent to follow."

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Asamoah Gyan, Muntari Tagoe, Minister Edwin Nii Lantey Vanderpue, and GFA President Kwasi Nyantaki

“We took the opportunity to remind people of the various actions undertaken by our association since it was founded in 2009," Baffoe said.

The insurance scheme will provide cover for the players or their families in the event of accidental death, serious illness and inability to practice their profession as a result of injury sustained while training or playing a match.

The indemnity fund will enable players who are retiring to start their new life with greater peace of mind.

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Solomon Torson (PFAG Financial Controller), Anthony Baffoe and Asamoah Gyan