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Ghana Premier League teams forced to disband reserves sides by incoming Ghana FA Congress policy

Published on: 19 July 2014
Ghana FA to disband U20 league for U17

By Akyereko Frimpong Manson

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Hundreds of young Ghanaian footballers are set to be rendered clubless and would have to settle for new clubs as a new Ghana Football Association policy is set to disband the U20 reserves league system in favour of a U17 league.

A proposal is pending before the Ghana Football Association's Congress for consideration to introduce a new reserves league system drawing in U17 players to replace the current U20 system.

The main policy objective is to use the various Premier League teams as breeder agents for Ghana U17 selectors. A policy that is generating concern for all sixteen (16) Premier League clubs.

"It's a policy that will rather help the national U17 teams and not the clubs," a top club official told

It's a policy that would mean we are helping the U17 team get players and it's major worry is that, the rest of the players who will not be selected by the U17 team cannot be used immediately by the clubs as in the U20."

All 16 Ghana Premier League clubs were made to set up U20 sides two seasons ago after the Ghana FA congress introduced a system in place.

But with the current system set to be in place, over 300 U20 players registered by all Premier League clubs for the reserves league will have to sort their futures out as clubs have already started ditching most of the players. visit to Ghana Premier League giants Hearts of Oak has revealed the Phobians have segmented their squads into two and have already drafted their squad for the upcoming 2014/15 season without most of the U20 players.

The current financial burdening crippling most of the clubs would not allow them to set up new U17 squads alongside their existing U20 teams.

Giants Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko have maintained their U20 sides over the periods and disbanding them mean they will have set up new sides.

Kotoko used their U20 side to participate in the 2014 FIFA Blue Star Championship and finished in 5th place.


This article has 6 comment(s), give your comment
  • OGYA says:
    July 20, 2014 08:02 am
    Stupid idiots at the GFA
  • owusu says:
    July 19, 2014 02:28 pm
  • Emma says:
    July 19, 2014 02:24 pm
    Even the senior sides struggle to get people to come to the stadiums. Financial problems. That's why some part of Fifa world cup money is needed to support the teams. But where is the money? Ask the GFA.
  • OHENENANA says:
    July 19, 2014 10:59 am
    It would be better to have a u20 and a u17 league
  • Joseph says:
    July 20, 2014 04:12 am
    This GFA is not serious, how come ?
  • George Freeman says:
    July 19, 2014 09:18 pm
    Is a wrong move. what happens to colts under 17? Are we going to abandon the colts system. Let us take a second look into it.