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‘Stay in the Lower Division if you can’t run football professionally’ – Dr Baah-Nuakoh cautions GPL clubs


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The Chairman of the Club Licensing Committee of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) Dr. Kwame Baah-Nuakoh says clubs that do not meet the club licensing requirement should remain in the Division One League and not force themselves to gain promotion to the top-flight division.

Various clubs in the professional league have for the past years failed to stay up to the standard of their professional claim which hinders the application of the club licensing regulations due to the numerous bans clubs may suffer.

Speaking on Happy FM, the astute Economist and former sports journalist said, “We have gotten to a point where we would have to advice those who don’t have the means to run a club in the premier league professionally to wait in the lower divisions until they can”.

“Everyone wants to be called chairman so instead of merging with other clubs to have one big professional club running effectively, we have a lot of ‘small’ clubs running under various individuals who cannot meet the standards. So it makes it difficult implementing the licensing rules”, he added.

The former Kotoko management member indicated that due to this negligence of clubs regarding club licensing, he had to fine Asante Kotoko more than even Hearts of Oak during the last season.

“Last season I fined Kotoko more than Hearts. I will be the last person to suggest that Kotoko shouldn’t be punished because I have worked there before. I won’t do that and we have people of high integrity on the licensing board who won’t allow it to happen”

Majority of Ghanaian clubs have failed to meet the club licensing requirements with most of these clubs given a conditional license to operate before the start of the 2019/20 football season.

Football in Ghana has been inactive since March when the government placed a ban on public gathering including sporting activities to help curb the spread of the Coronavirus disease.

It is understood that the ban will be lifted before the end of this month. In the advent that the new season will start in October, the club licensing board will inspect the facilities of clubs to ensure they are complying with the regulations before they are allowed to compete in the 2020/2021 football season.



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