The Ghana Division One League ended a month ago with three teams topping each zones as well as gaining promotion to the 2017/2018 Ghana Premier League.
Techiman Eleven Wonders led Zone One after annexing 60 points, Karela United who are making their debut in the Ghana Premier League topped Zone Two with 73 points and Dreams Football Club finished Zone Three as head with 71 points.
However, the Ghana Football Association (GFA) and the Division One League Board were hit with a major blow when the sponsors of the League, GN Bank refused to continue their relationship with them following expiration of the three-year contract.
On Thursday, 23rd, November, 2017, the Managing Director of the GN Bank, Issah Adams disclosed at a press conference that, his outfit will not renew their contract as the Headline of Ghana Division One League (DOL).
The Bank signed a three year deal worth GH¢ 2,083.500 with the DOL at the start of the 2014/2015 season, but the sponsorship deal elapsed at the end of the last season and some soccer fanatics are of the opinion that politician and owner of the Bank, Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom’s recent criticisms of the Football Governing Body, Ghana Football Association (GFA) led to their decision not to continue their relationship.
Following the declaration, the Chairman for the Division One League Board, Owuahene Acheampong in an interview revealed that, the 48 clubs would pay an amount of GH¢30,000 for the organisation of the league in case they are not able to secure sponsorship before next Division One League season.
In my estimation, telling club owners to pay a hefty amount of GH¢30,000 is out of order; it so unfair. They are not to contribute money for the organisation of the league. It is the sole responsibility of GFA; they are to look for sponsorship for the league.
How much do the teams make and players get as salary? Where are the club owners going to get this money from? I’m absolutely not in agreement with the Division One League board.
I think the Ghana Football Association and the Division One League Board (DOL) ought to re-look at its decision and ensure they get a sponsor before the next league season commences.
Written By: Dom Agbakpe