Club Licensing Committee rejects most league centres

BY: Kwame Larweh
Dr Kwame Baah - Nuakoh - Chairman of the club licensing committee
Dr Kwame Baah - Nuakoh - Chairman of the club licensing committee

The Club Licensing Committee of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) has rejected the Walewale Park as the home venue for Tamale-based Premier League clubs, Real Tamale United (RTU) and Tamale City FC.

This was after the committee had declared the Aliu Mahama Stadium in Tamale non-satisfactory for usage for a Premier League competition.

Ironically, the Aliu Mahama Stadium in Tamale was cleared by the same board as being fit for purpose last season.

Other venues which did not meet the required standard for the 202/2023 League season were the Golden City Park in Berekum, Dawu Park, Nana Agyemang Badu Park and the Ohene Ameyaw Park in Techiman.

Also affected was Akyem Kotoku Royals’ Akim Oda Stadium which was also classified as non-satisfactory by the FA’s licensing body.

The decision followed a thorough inspection of venues by the GFA licensing department which declared those venues unfit for premiership football.

However, six venues were conditionally approved. They are Cape Coast Stadium, WAFA Park in Sogakope, Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi, Accra Stadium and the Obuasi Len Clay Stadium.

The Nyinahin Stadium, which is the home ground of Bibiani Goldstars FC, and the Nsenkyire Sports Arena of FC Samartex 1996 were labelled as ‘under-construction’ by the board.

Other venues which fell in the ‘under-construction’ category are Nsoatreman FC’s Nana Kronmansah Park and Bechem United’s Nana Fosu Gyeabour Park.

A communique issued and signed by the chairman of the Club Licensing Committee, Kwame Baah-Nuakoh, added that venues which were declared non-satisfactory would be reinspected before the commencement of the league.

For now, Aduana FC will use the Agyemang Badu I Park in Dormaa-Ahenkro, while Hearts of Oak, Great Olympics, Accra Lions and Dreams FC will use the Accra Stadium as their home turf.

Likewise, Asante Kotoko and King Faisal will use the Baba Yara Stadium as their home ground, while the Cape Coast Stadium will be the home venue of Karela United and Medeama SC as an alternative venue.

The committee provided the alternative venues to be used by clubs whose stadia have been rejected, are non-satisfactory or are under-construction.