The Ghana Football Association (GFA), has opened the 2020/2021 football transfer window. The process commenced on 15th August 2020 and ends on Saturday, 31st October 2020 in accordance with the GFA regulations.
The registration window will be opened to the 18 Premier League clubs, 48 Division One League clubs, 16 Women’s Premier League clubs, 72 Regional Women’s Division One League clubs, Regional Division Two League clubs, Regional Third Division League clubs as well as the Juvenile League clubs (U-13, U-15, U-17).
Football in the country had been suspended since the middle of March 2020 as part of government’s measures to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic which lead to the cancellation of the 2019/2020 Ghana football season back in June 2020 following an over 5 hours long GFA Executive Council (EC) meeting.
This would not be the first time Ghana would not be able to complete a full season, as in 2018 the season was cancelled halfway into its run when the Anas Aremeyaw Anas ‘Number 12’ expose was released resulting in the cancellation of football in the country, then in 2019, the Normalisation Committee would organize a special competition to select the country’s representatives for Africa instead of a league campaign.
The GFA is hoping to kick off the 2020/2021 football season in 4th October 2020 pending approval from the Government of Ghana and the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the transfer window is the first step to bringing normalcy back to the sport.
The GFA has also waived half of a GHC25,000 loan to the Ghana Premier League (GPL) to aid the various clubs in mitigating the financial difficulties they have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic. This means the 18 GPL clubs will now have to pay GHC12,000 which will be deducted from any sponsorship secured by the GFA in relation to the Premier League.
Clubs in Ghana have up to midnight (23:59 GMT) of 31st October 2020, to register the names of their players and officials for the new season in the FIFA Connect system.
by Leroy Hawkson|TalksAfrica.com