Ghana Football Association Executive Committee elections candidate Kingsley Osei Bonsu has opined that the Ghana Premier League must be ran by an autonomous body and says he will front the campaign to push for the agenda.
The Bechem United Chairman and Director wants the Ghanaian top-flight league to follow in the line of the English Premier League, the Spanish La Liga, France’s Ligue 1, the German Bundesliga, the South African Premier League and the Nigerian Premier League.
South Africa’s Absa Premier League and the Nigerian Premier League have become flagship leagues on the continent with independent bodies running the leagues and churning out huge corporate interest and mouthwatering investment packages.
Stakeholders of the Ghanaian game have called for the Ghana Premier League to be separated from the Ghana FA and handed over to an independent body for sake of efficiency.
While the call was greeted with strict opposition from former Ghana FA President Kwesi Nyantakyi, Osei Bonsu popularly known in football circles as Lord Zico, believes the time is due for the needed action to be taken.
“To attract a number of the much needed drive for our leagues we need to head the direction of the achievers. Our leagues especially the Premier League and the Division One League need to be removed from the GFA and handed over to an autonomous body to handle,” he told Ghana Sports Online.
“By this the league will be empowered in a number of ways to get a corporate appeal which we have been lacking over the period. I’ll front the campaign on the Executive Council when I’m given the mandate. I can promise all delegates and the Ghanaian football fraternity this and I work to achieve this for our football because we need it,” he added.
Osei Bonsu is running on the ticket of Bechem United to be elected for one of the five slots available to Premier League clubs on the second highest decision-making body of the football regulatory body in the country.
The Bechem United top administrator has served on the leadership council previously and wants to be given the opportunity to serve again.
He has also promised to help in the revival of juvenile football which is popularly referred to as colts football in Ghana and has dominated the discussions among the football populace in the country as various aspirants and candidates seek take leadership positions at the Ghana FA.
By El Akyereko
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