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GFA Normalization Committee sweating over Premier League clubs boycott of Special Competition

The Normalization Committee of the Ghana FA is sweating profusely over the boycott of the Special Competition by the 16 Premier League clubs just a day to the launch of the competition.

This decision was arrived at an emergency meeting held on Wednesday by all the 16 Ghana Premier League clubs.

The Normalization Committee of the Ghana FA had earlier rolled out plans and modalities of organizing the Special Competition to fill the void caused by the halt on all local football activities since June 2018.

442gh.com understands that the 16 clubs’ decision to boycott the competition was borne out of the fact that the format was unwelcomed as it can’t also be used to determine clubs that will qualify for the 2019/20 CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup.

The Normalization Committee had revealed that the competition will be used as the format for the selection of clubs to represent Ghana in next season’s CAF club competitions.

But the Premier League clubs insist the format can’t be used since the competition has not been certified by Congress to be used as the criteria for the selection of clubs to represent the country in CAF.

Again, the Normalization Committee disclosed that participating clubs are assured an amount of Ȼ20,000 as participating fee which the clubs have indicated is woefully inadequate for a minimum of 8 matches.

But the Premier League clubs, after their analysis on Wednesday have found that the guaranteed money for the preliminary rounds of the competition is sadly inadequate.

The Premier League clubs have, therefore, worked on a counter proposal based on the $800,000 the Normalization Committee announced as receiving from government towards the organization of the Special Competition which is expected to kick-off on January 26.

The Normalization Committee and the 16 Premier League clubs are expected to be locked in a marathon meeting in a bid to find a middle ground on Thursday.

Failure to reach an agreement with the 16 Premier League clubs will mean the launch of the competition set for Friday can’t take place and will have to be rescheduled.

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Frank Darkwah

Ghanaian Sports Journalist who specializes in Sports Photography and Sports writing. Accredited CAF and FIFA photo journalist

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