The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has fully demonstrated that the opening matches of the 2015/16 Premier League season will be played at all the league centres by naming match officials minutes after widespread reports of an injunction preventing the start of the competition.
Doubts surrounding the commencement of the Ghanaian top-flight started on Thursday following a court injunction order by a football fan federation insiders said they have received no such order from the court.
As such the GFA will go ahead with matches to be played across the eight league centres and named the referees and other match officials for the game.
In a Twitter posting the GFA announced that the matches will be played – a move clearly meant to assure football fans and clubs that the game will go ahead.
The 2015/16 Ghana Premier League will kick off this weekend in all eight match venues across the country. pic.twitter.com/sYH1z3N1ZG
— Ghana FA (@ghanafaofficial) February 18, 2016
Match officials for the games which will be played on Sat & Sun have been named.Below are the match officials for DAY 1 of the 2015/16 GPL — Ghana FA (@ghanafaofficial) February 18, 2016
Desperate last-minute measures are underway to prevent the much-awaited Ghana Premier League from going ahead as a well known Tema Youth supporter Babia Alhassan went to court on Thursday to prevent the competition from kicking off.
Alhassan claims he has served an injunction writ at the Ghana FA, to stop the federation from going ahead with their Premier League but the country’s governing body’s insiders say no such order was received.
He says he wants to prevent the start of the Ghana Premier League because Real Athletico were relegated to from the First Division to the Second Division. The Tema-based club say they have not asked him to slap an injunction on the league.
Alhassan’s action has also been disowned by his own Tema Youth who also claim they have not part in his action thus it appears he is not taking the action as an official of any club.
In what looks as like direct response to the widespread reports, the GFA has named matches officials for the game strongly indicating that Saturday’s big kickoff between giants Asante Kotoko and WAFA will come off as planned with highly-rated referee William Agbovi taking charge of the game.
The Ghana FA has been tight-lipped and gone ahead to name officials.
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Below are the match officials for Match day 1 of the 2015/16 Premier League:
MATCH: Wafa vs Kotoko (Saturday February 20)
REFEREE: William Agbovi
ASST 1: Effah Tetteh
ASST 2: Alex Annim
4TH REF: Timothy Obuobisa
MATCH: Techiman City vs Berekum Chelsea
REFEREE: Desmond Abbey
ASST 1: Dawood Ouedrago
ASST 2: Bawa Haruna
4TH REF: Theresa Bremansu
MATCH: Wa All Stars vs Sekondi Hasaacas
REFEREE: Reginald Lathbridge
ASST 1: Murtala Mohammed
ASST 2: Richard Appiah
4TH REF: O.B. Amankwa
MATCH: Ashantigold vs Medeama
VENUE: Len Clay Stadium
REFEREE: Joseph Lamptey
ASST 1: David Laryea
ASST 2: Ibrahim Adams
4TH REF: J.A. Amenya
MATCH: Hearts of Oak vs New Edubiase
VENUE: Accra Sports Stadium
REFEREE: Cecil Fleischer
ASST 1: Ben Vormawor
ASST 2: Sam O. Boateng
4TH REF: Sylvester Adzoku
MATCH: Ebusua Dwarfs vs Dreams FC
VENUE: Cape Coast
REFEREE: Seidu Bomison
ASST 1: Eric Nantiere
ASST 2: Badiu Alhassan
4TH REF: Nuhu Liman
MATCH: Bechem United vs Liberty Prof
REFEREE: Solomon Mordey
ASST 1: Paul Atimaka
ASST 2: Shine Ayitey
4TH REF: Dally Gagba
MATCH: Inter Allies vs Aduana
VENUE: Tema Stadium
REFEREE: Patrick Kyeremanteng
ASST 1: Sarfo Adade
ASST 2: Frank Bossman
4TH REF: Ernest Barfi