Stakeholders of Ghana football received a refreshing news on Monday night, as a colourful ceremony was a held at the headquarters of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to usher in the return of official club activities, after a nearly ten-month depressing hiatus.
This follows the infamous Number 12 Documentary on corruption in Ghana football.
Ghana football was near collapse following the immediate aftermath of Number 12, which had a debilitating effect on football.
But after several misunderstandings between the GFA Normalization Committee and club administrators, which had delayed the competition for over a month, an agreement was reached following the intervention of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Sports.
The competition dubbed; “GFA Normalisation Special Cup” has been scheduled to begin from the weekend of Saturday, March 30.
Speaking at the launch of the competition, Dr. Kofi Amoah President of the GFA Normalisation, said the game required huge capitalization for the right investment in basic infrastructure and most importantly, the players.
“The Normalization Committee intended to start a competition where participating clubs would be adequately resourced and players highly incentivized to give off their best through corporate sponsorship and government appeal.
“We have put in strenuous effort to woo corporate Ghana, but it hasn’t been easy for obvious reasons,” he said.
He said they have put measures in place to protect the sanctity of refereeing in Ghana and restore public confidence ahead of the competition.
“We have requested assistance from FIFA for referee’s integrity training, which was held on January, 27 in Sogakope, in preparation for the official return of domestic football in Ghana.
“We are hopeful these referees who have made the FIFA list and have undergone further integrity training would live above reproach and adhere strictly to the tenets of their profession and the beautiful game,” he added.
He said the competition was fully sponsored by the government of Ghana with 64 participating teams from both the premier division and division one.
Dr. Amoah announced that each of the 64 participating Premier and Division One clubs would get GHC30,0000, as participation fee. The Winner of the Special Premier League Competition (Tier One League) would take home GHC 20,0000, in addition to representing Ghana at the next CAF Champions League. The runner up will take home 100,000 Cedis.
The winner of Division One (Tier Two League) will take home GHC150,000, and the runner up will take home GH 80,000.