Ghana Football Association’s referees manager, Alex Kotey has confirmed that VAR will be introduced in the 2023/24 Ghana Premier League.
He disclosed that the GFA is working hard for the introduction of the Video Assistant Referee for the first in the local league.
Following extensive trialling in a number of major competitions, VAR was first written into the Laws of the Game by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) in 2021. Operating under the philosophy of “minimal interference, maximum benefit”, the VAR system seeks to provide a way for “clear and obvious errors” and “serious missed incidents” to be corrected.
Alex Kotey confirmed during an interview with Joy Sports that the delay in implementing of system has been due to funding and FIFA introducing a different technology for African countries.
The retired referee also noted that Ghana will be the first country to implement VAR from the WAFU Zone B.
“For me, I’m saying that, give and take, by 2023 we should see VAR in Ghana,” Kotey said in an interview with Joy Sports.
VAR was used in Ghana for the first time during the 2022 FIFA World Cup playoff first leg game against Nigeria in Kumasi winch ended in a stalemate.