Following discussions on the fate of the COVID-19 enforced suspended Ghana Premier League (GPL), the Ghana Football Association (GFA) has assured to reconvene another meeting with the Premier League clubs in two weeks time after consulting all stakeholders of the league to finally decide on the fate of the league.
At their videoconferencing on Thursday, the premier league clubs raised questions about the fate of the league, whether it will be continued or truncated, but the FA maintained that such decision, being in national interest, goes beyond the football fraternity and the GFA.
The league was suspended due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic which has brought football to its knees globally, and forced the Government of Ghana to suspend all public gatherings including all sporting activities in the country. This is to say that the decision to suspend the league was taken after recommendations from the Health Ministry, Government and as such, must consult these and other bodies before taking a stock.
During their videoconferencing on Thursday, the FA told the premier league clubs of its decision to engage all necessary stakeholders such as the Government, Health Ministry, Sponsors and other equally important stakeholders on the way forward for the league after which, their recommendations will be brought before the clubs in another meeting for consideration before a final decision will be taken on whether to continue the league or have it truncated.
Considerations would as well be given to methods of deciding which clubs would represent Ghana in the 2020/2021 CAF competitions should a decision be taken to truncate the league. This will be on football merits.
A reliable source of ghanasportspage.com reveals, that the GFA is considering to reconvene a meeting with the clubs in the next two weeks after consulting the needed stakeholders to decide on the fate of the league.
Contrary to media reports that CAF has given the GFA, and for that matter other Member Associations up to May 5 to decide on the fate of the league, ghanasportspage.com can confirm that this is not really the case. CAF, in its letter to the GFA, inquired about what the FA intends doing about the suspended GPL, whether to continue or not, same was required from all other Member Associations of CAF.
This is to inform the continent’s football governing body to have a fair idea of what the various FAs intend to do about the leagues so as to determine a decision to take on its club competitions. It must be noted, that CAF itself is yet to take a final decision on the fate of its suspended Champions League and Confederation Cup competitions for the 2019/2020 season.
As a result, the GFA has a much longer time, beyond the misconstrued May 5 deadline, to decide on the fate of the Ghana Premier League.