What is killing Ghana Premier League?

The Ghana Premier League is now at a stage where the least thing can cause it’s demise basically because the league has become so unattractive hence not reaping any benefits.We can all testify to the fact that,most Ghanaians do not even know when the Ghana Premier League takes off or anything about it but are so informed on other leagues like the English Premier League.The question at hand is,what is killing the Ghana Premier League?

Most Ghanaian players aspire to join team abroad.Not because they cannot play in Ghana but simply because their salaries are very poor and inadequate for them to cater for themselves.They believe that being part of teams abroad will get them paid as they deserve hence they will be able to cater for the needs of their family and themselves.Teams abroad offer very attractive packages like allowances to the players so most skilled and qualified players in Ghana leave the country to play for other teams abroad leaving very few skilled players in the country.

Also,poor facilities such as stadia make watching football matches in Ghana unattractive. Football association in Ghana get very little funding from the government to construct new facilities or even maintain old ones. Some of the facilities pose health threats to both the players and spectators with faulty and old electrical wiring and rusty seats. Why would an individual want to buy tickets to watch a match that will later bring him or her health problems?

Moreover, when the league is about to commence, there is very little advertisement on air – radio, television, etc. Football associations are not able to pay for advertisement because the little funding th you get has to be invested in something else. This makes very few football lovers in the country get to know about the league and its schedules.

If the Ghana Premiere League will survive, it depends on all Ghanaians. The government should pay more attention to football in the country and invest in its activities. Ghanaians should also follow and watch the Ghanaian matches to encourage the players that they have great supporters behind them so that the League can move from grass to grace.

Football Errors

Who said corruption is only among government officials and workers like policemen and ministers,corruption exist everywhere even in the game of sports.Let us bring to light the corruption in the field of football.Ever wondered how it happens?

Basically,it happens among football officials such as referees and coaches.A referee is the chief official in a game and is expected to ensure fair play.But this is not always the case.This is because,they mostly stand at the receiving end of this corrupt practice in the game.

Coaches of teams get well informed of the officiating referee(s) of match beforehand.This makes the corrupt transaction to transpire easily.Coaches meet referees behind the scene and make negotiations. The coach makes a proposal of offering an amount of money to the referee if he works on the behalf on the coach’s team to make them win. If the offer seems favourable to the referee,an agreement is made and sometimes part payment is made to the referee.

On the other hand,some referees adhere strictly to the rules of their job,hence reject such offers or even make reports to the football association. During football matches where such unruly agreements have been made,referees work purposely to make the team that made an agreement with him win by giving out unnecessary red and yellow cards and penalties to the other team members just to get others on a safe side.

It is up to football associations and others in charge to make referees work with the ethics of their job and when such practices are reported,necessary sanctions should be given to deter others from doing the same.