Ghana football activities will resume next month with a novelty competition that will involve all the 16 top-flight teams as well as the 48 Division One clubs to determine which teams to represent the country in Africa.
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) Normalization Committee has also designed the competition to keep the clubs active while they stabilize football in the country following some turbulent few months following the Anas expose.
The competition is scheduled to start on January 26, 2019 and end on April 21, 2019.
The format of the competition is unclear but a future statement will outline the modalities to be used for the new tourney.
The Normalization Committee also announced that it has outlined the road-map for the resumption of football activities in the country.
Football-related activities have been suspended since June after the erstwhile football association executive committee was disbanded due to an exposé into football corruption in Ghana.
However, in a statement released by the Committee on Friday, they have recognize the need to resume football activities in Ghana.
Below is the full statement:
The Normalization Committee has approved a new competition structure, which will involve all sixteen (16) Premier League clubs and all forty eight (48) Division One League clubs in the country.
The new competition, which will keep all the clubs active during the GFA normalization process, as well as produce Ghana’s representatives for the next CAF Champions League and Confederations Cup respectively, is scheduled to start on January 26, 2019 and end on April 21, 2019
The Normalization Committee appreciates the quest of our members and football-loving Ghanaians for football to return, hence the extra effort we put in place to find the needed resources for this special competition.
The GFA will soon announce a date for the launch of the Special GFA Normalization Committee competition, where all details of the competition will be spelt out to the general public through our friends from the media.
In a related development, the Normalization Committee has taken cognizance of a proposal by Premier League Clubs for a separate competition involving only the sixteen Premier League Clubs.
The premier league clubs presented to the GFA Normalization Committee a competition format with support budget, which the GFA favours once funding for the competition is raised.
The proposed Premier League competition will run simultaneously with the Special Normalization Committee competition once the Premier League Clubs are able to raise funding for the competition they have proposed.
We look forward to an exciting return of domestic football in the country with the support of all our stakeholders.
DR. KOFI AMOAH
(PRESIDENT, GFA NORMALIZATION COMMITTEE)