Ghana Premier League in crisis, says Vanderpuye

Honourable Nii Lante Vanderpuye, Sports Minister-designate has described the state of the Ghana Premier league as one suffering from a ‘bad cough.’

Ghana’s flagship club football league has declined to the lowest levels and it troubles have been deepened by the FA inability to have a fixed calender  for the start of the domestic top flight football.

The 2014 / 2015 Ghana premier league season was delayed by about six months due to the legal war between King Faisal Babies and the Football Association and that had a bearing on the next date for a new season.

The FA had wanted to minimize the effect and tentatively scheduled December 20 for the start of the domestic season, but another legal issue between Wa African United and Techiman City crippled the initial start date.

With Ghanaians frustrated and mounting pressure on the FA,  February 20 has been fixed as the new date, but the GFA Ethics Committee ruled on the Wa African United and Techiman City case and demoted Techiman City, one of the sixteen clubs, putting the start of the season in limbo.

And Nii Lantey Vanderpuye, the Member of Parliament for Odododiodoo Constituency and Sports Minister designate who met the parliamentary vetting committee on Monday before he takes over the office dubbed the ‘Lions den’, bemoaned the state of the league.

“The Ghana Premier League is the country’s domestic football and as we speak, we all know the league hasn’t started yet,” the former sports journalist told Accra-based radio station, Happy FM.

He explained the cause of the delay and said he believes the league is suffering from bad cough.

“The case involving Techiman City (and Wa African United) has not been thrashed out and that has resulted in the long delay of the new season. The Ghana premier league is suffering from bad cough,” he added.

The FA insists the ruling from the FA Ethics Committee has not changed the planned date for the commencement of the league on February 20.

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