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Soccer News of Wednesday, 20 February 2008

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GFA Capo hopeful of improved League

From Ghana’s participation at the 2006 World Cup to the hosting of the 2008 African Nations Cup, support for football continues to soar amongst the passionate Ghanaian fans.

And after sitting through some exciting 32 matches at the Nations Cup, Ghana Football Association President, Kwesi Nyantakyi believes the domestic league would witness an improved patronage.

The domestic league might have suffered from a lack of patronage, a situation which could be traced to the unattractive stadiums, quality of play and publicity.

However, Kwesi Nyantakyi is remains confident that Ghana’s premier league which returns this weekend after a short break to make way for the hosting of the Nations Cup would feed off from the tournament as the four match venues goes into full use and clubs up the standard having followed up various teams at the Nations Cup closely.

“We hope the success of the African Nations Cup would trickle down to all facets of our game. What would make the game more interesting are the facilities which would be available to a host of teams.

“The standard of the game is expected to rise to an appreciable level. Certainly, we can’t compare the level or quality of the two (Nations Cup and the premier league). But we are anticipating some major improvement,” Kwesi Nyantakyi told

Four stadiums – Accra, Kumasi, Sekondi and Tamale - of international standard would be in use for the long haul and the FA President is counting on the world class facilities available to help attract fans back to the grounds.

“Before, it was difficult getting people into the arenas simply because of the state facilities available. We know Ghanaians enjoy football and with this world class facilities and like what we saw during the Nations Cup, we anticipate an improvement on what we used to record.”

Injuries have been part of the game and most injury concerns can be traced to the pitches. But Kwesi Nyantakyi says these setbacks within the game can be improved largely with the better pitches accessible.

“There better fields and world class pitches and this can improve play considerably. We hope the improved pitches would also prevent injuries,” the FA President says.

Overall, Kwesi Nyantakyi is counting on improved standards in the running of the game and most importantly, hopeful of a much better revenue generation to bolster the management of clubs.

“All these infrastructure in place must reap some benefits. It is expected that more revenue would be generated to help the clubs and other stakeholders improve their set ups and maintain the standards.”

Premiership football would utilise the four match venues used for the African Nations Cup namely; the Ohene Djan Stadium in Accra, Kumasi’s Baba Yara Stadium, the Tamale Stadium, Sekondi Sports Stadium in Essipong plus an artificial pitch, the Tema Park when the league resumes this weekend.