Former CEO of Asante Kotoko, the Chief of Bantama in Kumasi, Baffour Owusu Amankwaatia VI has called on management of Ghana Football Association (GFA) to make sure the country’s domestic league(Ghana Premier League) is in tandem with the calendar of other leagues in world football.
According to him, the performance and endurance of Ghanaian clubs during CAF Confederation challenge are usually affected negatively by the delays in our domestic league since ‘the players do not engage in competitive matches ahead of their campaign in Africa’
“The Ghana Premier League has suffered various setbacks in recent times due to the numerous court cases and injunctions often meted out to the GFA by aggrieved clubs on various issues which could have been resolved swiftly to pave way for the commencement of the nation’s top flight”.
The former club chairman was speaking on SilverFM’s Super Saturday edition of Sports with host King Eben when he made the appeal.
“The various football leagues in the world normally kicks off in August to late September but our local league has continued to linger in February as a result of the delays in resolving these numerous court cases….I appeal to the GFA to be guarded by the calendar of other leagues in world football so that we can start our league on time” he said.
The Ghana Premier League 2017/2018 season which was originally billed to start last weekend is set for further delays after an Accra High Court presided by Justice Anthony Yeboah adjourned the court case filed against the Ghana Football Association by Accra Great Olympics Football Club contending the club’s relegation to the second-tier of Ghana Football.
Olympics slapped an injunction on the new Ghana Premier League season following the delay of the Appeals Committee ruling of a protest they lodged against Elmina Sharks and Bechem United.
The ‘Dade boys’ are claiming Bechem United fielded an unqualified player during their league match against Elmina Sharks last season.
The wonder club will avoid relegation if the court rules in their favor after finishing 15th on the league log with 36 points last season.