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 — June 2021
Top goalscorer(13 goals)
Diawisie Taylor
Biggest home winAccra Hearts of Oak 6–1 Bechem United
(2 January 2021)
Biggest away winInter Allies 0–2 Great Olympics
(15 January 2021)
Inter Allies 0–2 Ebusua Dwarfs
(6 February 2021)
Eleven Wonders 0–2 Dreams FC
(7 February 2021)
Karela United 0–2 Asante Kotoko
(7 February 2021)
Highest scoringAccra Hearts of Oak 6–1 Bechem United
(2 January 2021)
Longest winning run(3 games)
Dreams FC
(3 games)
Great Olympics
(3 games)
Medeama SC
(3 games)
Bechem United
Longest unbeaten run(8 games)
Dreams FC
Longest winless run(7 games)
International Allies
Longest losing run(6 games)
International Allies
All statistics correct as of 24 April 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]

Location of the 2020–21 Ghanaian Premier League teams

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 Accra 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  Ernest Thompson Quartey   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
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

League TableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Hearts of Oak 29 15 8 6 40 19 +21 53 2021–22 CAF Champions League
2 Asante Kotoko 29 14 11 4 33 16 +17 53
3 Karela United 29 12 10 7 37 28 +9 46
4 Medeama 29 13 7 9 32 28 +4 46
5 Great Olympics 29 13 6 10 32 28 +4 45
6 Dreams 29 12 9 8 42 29 +13 45
7 Aduana Stars 29 12 7 10 33 36 −3 43
8 WAFA 29 12 7 10 39 36 +3 43
9 Legon Cities 29 10 8 11 29 26 +3 38
10 Ashanti Gold 29 9 10 10 38 34 +4 37
11 Bechem United 29 10 7 12 34 42 −8 37
12 Berekum Chelsea 29 9 7 13 32 40 −8 34
13 Elmina Sharks 29 8 10 11 27 39 −12 34
14 Eleven Wonders 29 8 9 12 23 31 −8 33
15 King Faisal 29 8 8 13 26 43 −17 32
16 Liberty Professionals 29 8 8 13 26 37 −11 32 Relegation to lower league
17 Cape Coast Ebusua Dwarfs 29 9 7 13 32 39 −7 31[a]
18 Inter Allies 29 7 5 17 26 30 −4 26
Source: type=Goal.com
Notes:
  1. ^ Ebusua Dwarfs were deducted 3points. [41]


Season statisticsEdit

Top scorersEdit

As of 5 June 2021

Rank Player Club Goals
1   Diawisie Taylor Karela United 16
2   Joseph Esso Dreams 11
3   Hans Kwofie Ashanti Gold / Legon Cities 10
  Kwame Peprah King Faisal
5   Stephen Amankona Berekum Chelsea 9
6   Daniel Lomotey WAFA 8
  Hafiz Konkoni Bechem United
  David Abagna Ashanti Gold
  Yaw Annor Ashanti Gold
  Agyenim Boateng Mensah Dreams
  Obeng Kwajo Junior Hearts of Oak SC

Clean sheetsEdit

As of 5 June 2021

Rank Player Club Clean

sheets

1   Razak Abalora Asante Kotoko 12
2   Richard Attah Hearts of Oak SC 10
3   Kofi Baah Liberty Professionals 9
4   Seidu Rashid Inter Allies FC 8
5   Richard Baidoo Karela United FC 7
  Benjamin Asare Great Olympics FC

Top AssistsEdit

As of 5 June 2021

Rank Player Club Assists
1   Augustine Boakye West Africa Football Academy SC 10
2   Kwame Preprah King Faisal Babies FC 7
  Abrahim Wayo Liberty Professionals FC
  Salifu Ibrahim Eleven Wonders FC
5   Gladson Awako Accra Great Olympics FC 6
6   Eric Osei Bonsu Accra Great Olympics FC 4
  Kwame Boateng Karela United FC
  Justice Blay Medeama SC
  Fabio Gama Asante Kotoko SC

AwardsEdit

Monthly AwardsEdit

As of 2 April 2021

Month Player of the Month Manager of the Month References
Player Club Manager Club
December   Gladson Awako Great Olympics  Kwaku Danso Bechem United [42][43]
January   Diawisie Taylor Karela United  Evans Adotey Karela United [44][45][46]
February   Joseph Esso Dreams FC  Vladislav Virić Dreams FC [47][48]
April   Abdul Basit WAFA  Yaw Preko Medeama SC [49][50]

See alsoEdit

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