2020–21 Ghana Premier League

The 2020–21 Ghana Premier League is the 65th season of top professional association football league in Ghana. The season started on 14 November 2020.[1] 18 teams are competing 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.[2][3][4]

Ghana Premier League
Season2020–21
Dates14 November 2020 — 18 July 2021
ChampionsAccra Hearts of Oak
RelegatedEbusua Dwarfs
Liberty Professionals
Inter Allies
Champions LeagueHearts of Oak
Matches played306
Goals scored694 (2.27 per match)
Top goalscorer(18 goals)
Diawisie Taylor
Biggest home winAshanti Gold 7–0 Inter Allies
(18 July 2021)
Biggest away winLiberty 1–5 Ashanti Gold
(24 June 2021)
Highest scoringWAFA 5–4 Medeama
(3 January 2021)
Longest winning run(5 games)
Hearts of Oak
Longest unbeaten run(11 games)
Hearts of Oak
Longest winless run(7 games)
International Allies
Longest losing run(7 games)
International Allies
All statistics correct as of 18 June 2021.
Live Matches on StarTimes

Season overviewEdit

With 18 clubs participating in the league, this marked the second time since 1980 that more than 16 clubs competed in the top division of Ghanaian football.[5] The GFA announced that the league was suspended on 15 March 2020, in the middle of match-week 15, because of the global COVID-19 pandemic.[6][7] 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.[8]

The Ghana Football Association (GFA), on Friday, 5 November 2020 launched the 65th Ghana Premier League season and other products of the Association, ie, Division One League, Women's Premier League and the MTN FA Cup. The launch took place in the studio of Broadcast partner, StarTimes and broadcast live on StarTimes Adepa Channel 247 and Max TV.[9]

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic on 22 October 2020, The Ghana Football Association (GFA) began testing of players, coaching staff, and officials of the 18 Premier League clubs.[10][11]

The Ghana Football Association Chairman announced that the prize money for winning the league; "The winner of the 2020/21 Premier League will earn GHC 250,000 in prize money. The prize money is an increase from the GHc 180,000 received by the last winner of the Ghana Premier League Aduana Stars in the 2016/17 season."

Prize moneyEdit

  • The club that places first in the league season would earn a trophy along with a cash prize of GHC 250,000, 40 gold medals and Ghc 10,000 worth of groceries from Melcom Shopping Center.
  • The club that places second in the league season would receive GHC 150,000 and 40 silver medals and groceries from Melcom Shopping Center.
  • The club that places third in the league season would earn an amount of GHC 80,000 and 40 bronze medals.[12]

ChallengesEdit

COVID-19Edit

The opening game between Hearts of Oak and Aduana Stars was postponed after a number of players tested positive for COVID-19. 16 teams went for COVID-19 testing.[13]

The game between Liberty Professionals and Bechem United was also postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[14]

TeamsEdit

The 2020-2021 Ghana Premier League season has seen an increase in the number of clubs from 16 to 18 clubs.[15] The Accra Sports Stadium would be home to five Premier League Clubs, they are Hearts of Oak, Asante Kotoko, Legon Cities , Great Olympics and Inter Allies.[16]

Stadiums and locationsEdit

Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.[17]

Team Location Venue Capacity
Aduana Stars Dormaa Ahenkro Agyeman Badu Stadium 7,000
Asante Kotoko Accra Accra Sports Stadium 40,000
Ashanti Gold Obuasi Len Clay Stadium 20,000
Bechem United Bechem Nana Gyeabour's Park 5,000
Berekum Chelsea Berekum Golden City Sports Stadium 5,000
Dreams Dawu Theatre of Dreams Sports Stadium 5,000
Ebusua Dwarfs Cape Coast Cape Coast Sports Stadium 15,000
Eleven Wonders Techiman Ohene Ameyaw Stadium 2,000
Elmina Sharks Elmina Nduom Sports Stadium 5,000
Great Olympics Accra Accra Sports Stadium 40,000
Hearts of Oak Accra Accra Sports Stadium 40,000
Inter Allies Accra Theatre of Dreams Sports Stadium 40,000
Karela United Aiyinase CAM Stadium 5000
King Faisal Techiman Ohene Ameyaw Park 10,000
Legon Cities Accra Accra Sports Stadium 40,000
Liberty Professionals Dansoman Carl Reindorf Park 2000
Medeama Tarkwa TNA Park 12,000
WAFA Sogakope Red Bull Arena 1,000

Club managers and captainsEdit

The table lists club managers.[18][19][20]

Team Manager Captain
Aduana Stars   Asare Bediako   Joseph Addo
Asante Kotoko   Mariano Barreto   Felix Annan
Ashanti Gold   Romain Folz   Amos Addai
Bechem United   Mingle Ocansey Kasim   Moro Salifu
Berekum Chelsea   Seth Hoffman   Stephen Amankona
Dreams   Vladislav Virić   Michael Agbekpornu
Ebusua Dwarfs   James Kuuku Dadzie   Dennis Korsah
Eleven Wonders   Ignatius Osei-Fosu   Simms Kwayie
Elmina Sharks   Joachim Yaw Acheampong   Ishmael Hammond
Great Olympics   Annor Walker   Gladson Awako
Hearts of Oak   Samuel Boadu   Abdul Fatawu Mohammed
Inter Allies   Henrik Peters Lehm   Hashmin Musah
Karela United   Evans Adotey   Godfred Agyemang Yeboah
King Faisal   Slaviša Bozicic   Michael Akuffo
Legon Cities   Bashir Hayford   Fatau Dauda
Liberty Professionals   Andy Sinason (co-interim)

  Sellas Tetteh

  Shaibu Ganiu

  George William Ansong

Medeama   Yaw Preko   Joseph Tetteh Zutah
WAFA   Prosper Nartey Ogum   Ibrahim Abukari

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appoitment Table
Legon Cities Goran Barjaktarević Sacked 21 November 2020 Bashir Hayford 25 November 2020 18th[21][22]
Asante Kotoko Maxwell Konadu Sacked 18 December 2020 Johnson Smith (Interim Manager) 18 December 2020 6th[23][24]
Johnson Smith (Interim Manager) End of Interim basis 26 March 2021 Mariano Barreto 26 March 2021 6th[25]
Hearts of Oak Edward Odum Re-assigned to the youth team December 2019 Kosta Papic 2 December 2020 11th[26][27]
Kosta Papic Resigned 15 February 2021 Samuel Boadu 2 March 2021 11th[28][29]
Dreams FC Winfred Dormon Re-assigned as assistant coach 8 January 2021 Vladislav Virić 8 January 2021 16th[30][31]
Berekum Chelsea Michael Hesse Odamtten Sacked 9 January 2021 Seth Hoffman 13 January 2021 15th[32][33]
Ashanti Gold Milovan Cirkovic Mutual consent 23 February 2021 Romain Folz 31 March 2021 7th[34][35]
Medeama SC Samuel Boadu Resigned 25 February 2021 Yaw Preko 3 March 2021 3rd[36][37]
Aduana Stars Samuel Paa Kwesi Fabin End of Contract 27 February 2021 Asare Bediako 1 March 2021 8th[38][39]
Bechem United Ernest Danso Mutual consent 25 March 2021 Mingle Ocansey Kasim 25 March 2021 8th[40]
Liberty Professionals David Ocloo Sacked 21 April 2021 Andy Sinason

Sellas Tetteh

21 April 2021 17th
Ebusua Dwarfs Ernest Thompson-Quartey Resigned 13 June 2021 James Kuuku Dadzie 15 June 2021 12th[41]

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Hearts of Oak (C, Q) 34 17 10 7 45 23 +22 61 2021–22 CAF Champions League
2 Asante Kotoko 34 15 12 7 37 22 +15 57
3 WAFA 34 16 8 10 46 38 +8 56
4 Aduana Stars 34 16 7 11 44 42 +2 55
5 Medeama 34 15 9 10 38 34 +4 54
6 Great Olympics 34 15 7 12 37 33 +4 52
7 Dreams 34 13 10 11 45 35 +10 49
8 Karela United 34 12 10 12 42 41 +1 46
9 Ashanti Gold 34 11 12 11 50 36 +14 45
10 Berekum Chelsea 34 12 7 15 38 46 −8 43
11 Bechem United 34 11 9 14 38 47 −9 42
12 Eleven Wonders 34 11 9 14 33 38 −5 42
13 Legon Cities 34 11 9 14 34 35 −1 42
14 King Faisal 34 10 11 13 32 45 −13 41
15 Elmina Sharks 34 10 11 13 34 45 −11 41
16 Cape Coast Ebusua Dwarfs (R) 34 12 8 14 40 44 −4 41[a] Relegation to Division One League
17 Liberty Professionals (R) 34 10 10 14 33 45 −12 40
18 Inter Allies (R) 34 7 5 22 28 45 −17 26
Updated to match(es) played on 18 July 2021. Source: type=Goal.com
(C) Champion; (Q) Qualified for the phase indicated; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. ^ Ebusua Dwarfs were deducted 3points.[42]

Ebusua Dwarfs were relegated based on head-to-head disadvantage against Elmina Sharks and King Faisal not goal difference.[43][44][45]

Season statisticsEdit

ScoringEdit

Top scorersEdit

Rank Player Club Goals
1   Diawisie Taylor Karela United 18
2   Kwame Peprah King Faisal 12
3   Joseph Esso Dreams 11
  Hans Kwofie Ashanti Gold / Legon Cities
  Stephen Amankona Berekum Chelsea
6   Samuel Adams Aduana Stars 10
  Kwadwo Obeng Jnr. Hearts of Oak
  Maxwell Nii Abbey Quaye Great Olympics
9   Agyenim Boateng Mensah Dreams 9
  Augustine Boakye WAFA
  Benjamin Tweneboah Elmina Sharks / Aduana Stars

Hat-tricksEdit

Player For Against Result Date
  Kwame Peprah King Faisal Berekum Chelsea 4–3 (H)[46] 30 January 2021
  Moro Sumaila Ebusua Dwarfs Karela United 4–1 (A)[47] 24 April 2021
  Isaac Opoku Agyemang Ashanti Gold Inter Allies 7–0 (H)[48] 17 July 2021

Most assistsEdit

Rank Player Club Assists
1   Augustine Boakye West Africa Football Academy 12
2   Kwame Preprah King Faisal Babies 10
3   Salifu Ibrahim Eleven Wonders 8
4   Abrahim Wayo Liberty Professionals 7
5   Fabio Gama Asante Kotoko 6
  Gladson Awako Great Olympics
7   Emmanuel Gyamfi Asante Kotoko 4
  Justice Blay Medeama
  Godwin Agbevor WAFA
  Kwame Boateng Karela United
  George Asamoah Ebusua Dwarfs

Clean sheetsEdit

Rank Player Club Clean

sheets

1   Razak Abalora Asante Kotoko 12
  Richard Attah Hearts of Oak
3   Kofi Baah Liberty Professionals 11
4   Joseph Addo Aduana Stars 9
5   Seidu Rashid Inter Allies 8
  Richard Baidoo Karela United
  Frank Boateng Medeama
8   Solomon Agbesi Dreams 6
  Benjamin Asare Great Olympics
  Eric Ofori Antwi Medeama

AwardsEdit

Monthly awardsEdit

As of 29 July 2021

Month Player of the Month Manager of the Month References
Player Club Manager Club
December   Gladson Awako Great Olympics   Kwaku Danso Bechem United [49][50]
January   Diawisie Taylor Karela United   Evans Adotey Karela United [51][52][53]
February   Joseph Esso Dreams FC   Vladislav Virić Dreams FC [54][55]
April   Abdul Basit WAFA   Yaw Preko Medeama SC [56][57]
May   Salifu Ibrahim Hearts of Oak   Samuel Boadu Hearts of Oak [58][59]
June   Augustine Boakye WAFA   Samuel Boadu Hearts of Oak [60][61]

Annual awardsEdit

Award Winner Club Ref
Ghana Football Awards Coach of the Year   Samuel Boadu Hearts of Oak [62]
Ghana Football Awards Home-based Player of Year   Salifu Ibrahim Hearts of Oak
GPL NASCO Coach of the Season   Samuel Boadu Hearts of Oak [63]
GPL NASCO Player of the Season   Salifu Ibrahim Hearts of Oak

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