2019–20 Ghana Premier League

The 2019–20 Ghana Premier League was the 64th season of top professional association football league in Ghana. The season started on 28 December 2019.[2] 18 teams compete in the league with each club playing each other twice, home and away, with the three clubs at the bottom of the league relegated to the Division One League.[3]

2019–20 Ghana Premier League
Season2019–20
Matches played132
Goals scored272 (2.06 per match)
Top goalscorer
Victorien Adebayor (12 goals)[1]
Longest winning run3 matches
Aduana Stars
Ashanti Gold
Berekum Chelsea
Elmina Sharks
Longest unbeaten run8 matches
Hearts of Oak
Longest winless run14 matches
King Faisal
Longest losing run5 matches
Ebusua Dwarfs
2019

Season overviewEdit

With 18 clubs participating in the league, this marked the first time since 1980 that more than 16 clubs competed in the top division of Ghanaian football.[2] King Faisal and Great Olympics were readmitted after separate court cases over unhappiness about their relegation from the top-flight in previous seasons.[2] During a council meeting in October 2019 before the season began, the number of relegated teams was reduced from five to three.[2]

The GFA announced that the league was suspended on March 15 2020, in the middle of match-week 15, because of the global COVID-19 pandemic.[4][5] On 31 May, the league was further suspended until at least 31 June.

On 30 June, the FA had a meeting and cancelled the league due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A meeting was held on 27 August 2020 to determine the start and logistics of the 2020–21 season.[6]

TeamsEdit

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Team

Location

Venue

Capacity

Great Olympics Accra Accra Sports Stadium 40,000
King Faisal Kumasi Baba Yara Stadium 40,528
Ebusua Dwarfs Cape Coast Cape Coast Sports Stadium 15,000
Eleven Wonders Techiman Ohene Ameyaw Stadium 5,000
Karela United Tarkwa TNA Park 12,000
Asante Kotoko Kumasi Baba Yara Stadium 40,528
Liberty Professionals Dansoman Carl Reindorf Park 2,000
Bechem United Bechem Nana Gyeabour's Park 5,000
Hearts of Oak Accra Accra Sports Stadium 40,000
Aduana Stars Dormaa Ahenkro Agyeman Badu Stadium 7,000
Dreams Accra Dawu Sports Stadium 5,000
Inter Allies Accra Accra Sports Stadium 7,000
Ashanti Gold Obuasi Len Clay Stadium 30,000
Berekum Chelsea Berekum Golden City Sports Stadium 10,000
WAFA Sogakope Sogakope Red Bull Arena 1,000
Elmina Sharks Elmina Nduom Sports Stadium 15,000
Legon Cities Accra Accra Sports Stadium 40,000
Medeama Tarkwa TNA Park 5,000

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Aduana Stars 15 8 4 3 17 11 +6 28 Qualification for the Champions League
2 Berekum Chelsea 14 8 2 4 16 12 +4 26
3 Asante Kotoko 14 7 4 3 14 7 +7 25
4 Elmina Sharks 15 6 7 2 18 13 +5 25
5 Ashanti Gold 15 7 4 4 12 10 +2 25
6 Medeama[a] 15 8 3 4 18 11 +7 24
7 Bechem United 15 6 4 5 15 14 +1 22
8 Hearts of Oak 14 5 6 3 14 11 +3 21
9 Great Olympics 15 6 2 7 17 19 −2 20
10 WAFA 14 4 7 3 15 11 +4 19
11 Inter Allies 14 5 4 5 22 21 +1 19
12 Eleven Wonders 15 5 4 6 11 15 −4 19
13 Dreams 15 4 4 7 10 11 −1 16
14 Liberty Professionals 15 4 4 7 21 23 −2 16
15 Legon Cities 15 3 7 5 12 18 −6 16
16 Ebusua Dwarfs 15 4 3 8 13 20 −7 15 Relegation to the Division One League
17 Karela United 15 2 5 8 10 16 −6 11
18 King Faisal 14 0 6 8 17 29 −12 6
Updated to match(es) played on 15 March 2020. Source: Ghana Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) If the champions, relegated teams or qualified teams for CAF competitions cannot be determined by rules 1 to 3, rules 4.1 and 4.2 are applied – 4.1) Points gained in head to head record between such teams; 4.2) Away goals scored in head to head record between such teams
Notes:
  1. ^ Medeama were deducted 3 points due for fielding an unqualified player in their matchweek 12 victory over Great Olympics.[8]

Season statisticsEdit

Top scorersEdit

As of 15 March 2020[1]
Rank Player Club Goals
1   Victorien Adebayor Inter Allies 12
2   Yahaya Mohammed Aduana Stars 11
3   Prince Opoku Agyemang Medeama 10
4   Ibrahim Osman King Faisal 8
  Elvis Kyei Baffour Liberty Professionals
  Prince Kwabena Adu Bechem United
7   Benjamin Bernard Boateng Elmina Sharks 7
8  Kofi Kordzi Hearts of Oak 6
 Samuel Armah Inter Allies
 Abubakari Seidu Ebusua Dwarfs

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Premier League Top Scorers". Ghana FA. Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d "Ghana resolve to keep 18-team Premier League beyond 2019-20". Goal.com. 19 December 2019. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Premier League Fixtures". Ghana FA. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Coronavirus: Ghana Football Association suspends Premier League after presidential directive". Goal.com. 15 March 2020. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  5. ^ "Coronavirus: Aduana Stars coach Fabin afraid to restart Ghana Premier League". Goal. 6 June 2020. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  6. ^ "Covid-19: Blow for Premier League as Ghana extends ban on contact sports". Goal. 31 May 2020. Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  7. ^ "Premier League Clubs". Ghana FA. Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  8. ^ "Medeama react to 'scandalous' boardroom points deduction in Great Olympics protest". Goal. 17 March 2020. Retrieved 9 June 2020.

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