Normalisation Committee's Special Competition kicks off March 31

Author: Bernard Neequaye
Dr Kofi Amoah launching the Special Competition at the event

Fifteen Premier League clubs and 47 Division One sides have confirmed their participation in the upcoming Ghana Football Association's (GFA) Normalisation Committee (NC) Special Competition which kicks off on March 31.

According to the President of the NC, Dr Kofi Amoah, the competition would be played in two categories namely tier one for the elite clubs and tier two for the Division One sides.

Speaking at the launch of the Special Committee which marks the return of club football in the country in Accra last Monday, March 25,  Dr Amoah revealed that winner of tier one will pocket GH200,000 while the eventual winners of tier two receive GH150,000.

He explained that the competition which is fully funded by government would see each participating side receive GH30,000 as participation fees with runners-up for both tier one and two set to annex GH100,000 respectively.

Dr Amoah however noted that clubs that get to the Round of 32 stage will bag GH5,000 each with the Round of 16 and Quarter final phase to receive GH6,000 and GH5,000 respectively.

He took the opportunity to announce that the winners of tier one and two would represent the nation in next year's CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup.

"The NC intended to start the competition where participating clubs will be adequately resourced with players highly incentivized to give off their best. We put in strenuous effort to woo corporate Ghana but it was not easy for obvious reasons.

"However we are gathered here tonight to launch the competition through the magnanimity of the government of Ghana and its commitment towards the resuscitation of Ghana football. I am happy to announce that the government of Ghana is fully funding this competition, the women’s special competition. It has also pledged to fund the activities of the various lower division leagues," Dr Amoah said.

"Each of the 64 premier and division one clubs will get GHC30,000 as a participation fee. The winner of the tier one league will take home GHC200,000 in addition to representing Ghana in the next season’s CAF Champions League competition.

"The runner up will get GHC100,000. The winner of tier two special knockout competition will take home GHC150,000 and the runner up will take home GHC80,000," he added.

For his part, Hon. Alex Agyekum, Chairman of Parliamentary Select Committee on Sports and Culture, said his outfit was committed to support the competition and lauded the clubs and NC for ensuring football returns in the country.

The launch of the competition marks the return of domestic football after almost 10 months of inactivity following the infamous Anas Number12 expose that exposed deep-rooted corruption in the country’s football.

In the tier one league, clubs have been grouped have into Southern and Northern sectors while the tier two has been divided from zone 1 to 3.