Normalisation Committee set to start women’s competition

Author: Beatrice Laryea
Naa Odofoley Nortey

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) Normalisation Committee has turned its attention to women’s football as it is set to unveil a new competition for women’s clubs in the country.

The committee says it intends to organise a competition to keep the women’s teams just as has been done with a novelty tournament involving 64 Premier League and Division One teams, as part of plans to return football to normalcy in the aftermath of the suspension last June of organised leagues in Ghana.

A member of the committee, Naa Odofoley Nortey, told the Graphic Sports that plans were far advanced to get the competitions started next month after the government provided the FA’s caretaker body with $800,000 to organise the new competitions aimed at keeping players busy ahead of a return to organised leagues later in the year.

“We want to organise a competition for the women; Premier League and Division One League clubs, and we intend to start as soon as possible. Currently, we are soliciting for funds and once we receive it we will start the competitions,” she said.

Last week, the 16 Premier League clubs agreed to participate in the special competition scheduled to start on February 3.

The clubs earlier withdrew from the competition after initially failing to reach an agreement with the Normalisation Committee over the prize money and format of the competition, which they feared could end with a second tier side winning the competition and being handed the right to represent Ghana in the CAF Champions League, usually a preserve for top-flight clubs.

This time, however, the Premier League Clubs will play a separate competition with the Division One sides playing among themselves in the second tier competition.

The decision by the committee to pay money directly to the players was also a bone of contention but later resolved.