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Division One league receive much attention as the heart of the Ghana premier league

Comparably, with other premier league clubs the division teams has proved to me more controversial and abusive at their home grounds forcing to win every match as far as they are playing home. A Committee has been set up to oversee the conversion of the league from 48 teams to 18. According to the veteran administrator the format will make the Division One League more commercially viable. “I think that ideally an eventual transition from a 48 club to an 18 club Division One will serve Ghana Football.“I say this because football was not invented in Ghana,we imported it from somewhere else. “If you look at the major epicenters of the game both in Europe and in Africa there are very few countries that run a second tier league with that number. “This is because it makes it unwieldy “Also the administration of football is largely dependent on broadcast rights and also sponsorship while match day revenue account for a small fraction. “Because we have a 48 team league it makes it very difficult to attract the right type of sponsorship,” the veteran administrator stated.

“[It’s] very very difficult [to play in the division one league]. The main difficulty we face is the pitches. Most of the pitches are not good apart from the Sunyani Coronation Park and Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium. Only those two pitches are somehow okay. Apart from that, some pitches there are no perimeters or something that you cannot explain. It is too much,” he said on Joy FM. Hamza also spoke about the lack of security at match venues, noting one incident which made him fear for his safety. “Our first season [in Tamale City], we went unbeaten we went to Nkoranza and then there were bent on cheating us. It was difficult and we could not [win]. At the dying embers of the game, there was a goal kick and the supporters came on the pitch to beat the referee.

The mantra of not losing a home game should not be entertained because the team are taken advantage to abuse the league. The lower division side ensured that they lynch every team that will play competitively with them. This should be the grounds for pampering but strict measures to curb it. Tamale based side was expected to honour their postponed opening day game against Kintampo FC on Wednesday, but the game was called off due to security arrangements. As such they are hungry for their first win which makes this encounter tricky. The Division One League continues this weekend with match-day-3 fixtures and certainly, there could be surprises at the end of the day as the unbeaten run of some clubs at the top comes under threat. Young Apostles’fine form so far in the season is under huge threat as they travel to Tamale for a difficult clash with Tamale City FC. The visitors have picked six points from their first two encounters against Nkuranza Warriors and Nsoatreman FC but Tamale City would seek to cause an upset after defeat in their last game away to Warriors. 

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