Playing in the premier league as a football club is an easy platform to market the club and its players at large. The top flight football gives a massive opportunity to talent to be scouted by top agents for lucrative deals around Africa, Europe and Asia. Several players through top flight football have been able to have easy travels across the globe. Prior to the start of the 2020/21 Ghana Premier League, Accra Hearts of Oak’s current striker, Kofi Kodzi was snapped up by Dubai club, Al Muaether for a brief spell. He joined the Asian club due to his exploits from the previous season.
Once against Hearts of Oak’s Benjamin Afutu, Elmina Shark’s Benjamin Bernard Boateng, Dreams FC’s Joseph Esso, Asante Kotoko’s Kwame Poku and several other players have left the shores of Ghana for greener pastures through playing top flight football. The players in the top flight have an advantage due to the massive television coverage and other platforms which help in promoting the brand. It becomes easy for the players to be scouted even without the agents having to come to Ghanaian because there is easy access to monitoring the players.
However, playing in the second tier league or the first Division makes it extremely difficult for a player easily seen by agents unless the clubs themselves put in a lot of hard work to attract these agents. Division One does not get the needed television coverage hence the difficulty in putting the talents out there just as easy as the top flight league.
One football club that done a good job in terms of talent production for the various national teams of Ghana is Liberty Professionals. The Scientific Soccer Lads as they are known, have produced UEFA Champions League winners, Africa Cup of Nations participants, English FA Cup winner, Scudetto winners, Ghana Premier League winners, CAF Champions League participants and several other title winners. However the sad story is, they will be playing in the Ghana Division One League next season. They got relegated last season after 22-years in the Ghana Premier League. Their relegation has since left central defender of the club, Nathaniel Kwame Paul still devastated and yet to recover from the shock.
“It was really tough, it was very heart breaking and we didn’t expect that to happen because we were very very determined to keep Liberty up so the feeling was very very hard and even after Sunday traveling all the way from Volta to Accra, it wasn’t an easy journey because it was all sad, it was too much for us to bear. The feeling was so bad that I just didn’t know how I could recover from it.” Kwame Paul told Adamu Muftawu.
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