Domestic football in the country has been in a standstill, since the Number 12 expose’ unraveled several rots in Ghana football June last year.
The Normalisation Committee that replaced the Ghana Football Association’s Executive Committee to help bring football in the country back to normalcy has put in place a special competition involving 64 teams in both the division one and the Ghana Premier League to make footballers active.
The special competition will determine the Ghanaian clubs that represent the country in both the CAF Champions League and the CAF Confederation Cup next season.
The 16 clubs in the Ghana Premier League expressed grave concerns over the format of the competition, amidst other issues when they met the NC on Thursday.
They have withdrawn from the special competition until their grievances are addressed.
“As respectfully expressed to the Normalisation Committee during yesterday’s meeting, we have grave concerns about the format presented and, as such, cannot commit to participating as currently constructed.
“Yesterday, we presented an alternative proposal based on our years of experience financing and operating clubs which we believe represents the interests of all stakeholders, including our brothers in Division One. We also believe it provides the most compelling platform to attract media/commercial partners and re-launch football in Ghana with great excitement.
“We are prepared to move forward with 16-team Premier League CAF Champions League Qualification Tournament as presented to and approved by the Normalisation Committee, and appreciate your stated willingness to adjust your timelines to minimize scheduling issues.”
The clubs however left a door open for further interactions with the Ghana FA.
“Should you wish to continue a constructive dialogue on how we can participate in a broader tournament along the lines of the 64-Team CAF Confederation Cup we would welcome a further discussion.
“Otherwise, we wish you all the best for the success of your special tournament as currently structured. We look forward to working with you toward the best interests of football in Ghana.”
This is the latest setback in the work of the Normalisation Committee as they bid to get local competitions resumed.