Ghana Premier League

The Ghana Premier League is the top professional association football division of the football league system in Ghana.[1][2] Officially formed in 1956 to replace a previous league incarnation, the Gold Coast Club Competition (which began in 1933 and ended in 1953–54), the league is organized by the Ghana Football Association and was ranked as the 11th best league in Africa by the IFFHS from 2001–2010,[3] and the league was also ranked 65th in the IFFHS' Best Leagues of the World ranking, in the 1st Decade of the 21st Century (2001-2010).[4] on 4 February 2014.[5][6][7][8] It has been dominated by Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak. The bottom 3 teams are relegated at the end of each season and placed in each zone of the Ghanaian Division One League.

Ghana Premier League
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Founded1956; 66 years ago (1956)
CountryGhana Ghana
ConfederationCAF
Number of teams18 (from 2019–20)
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toDivision One League
Domestic cup(s)Ghanaian FA Cup
Ghana Super Cup
International cup(s)CAF Champions League
CAF Confederation Cup
Current championsAccra Hearts of Oak (21st title)
(2020–21)
Most championshipsAsante Kotoko (24 titles)
TV partnersStarTimes (live matches)
WebsiteGhana Premier League
Current: 2021–22 Ghana Premier League

The 2019–20 season was halted and eventually cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Ghana that mirrored the cause of postponement or cancellation of association football leagues and competitions across the globe.

Broadcasting rightsEdit

In September 2013, SuperSport secured the television production and broadcast rights to the Ghana Premier League after signing a deal with the GFA.[9] In 2017, Pay-TV provider and broadcaster StarTimes secured the official television production and broadcast rights holder for the league, broadcasting live matches per matchday on their branded decoders and equipment. [10]

Participating clubs (2021–22)Edit

Team Location Venue Capacity
Accra Lions Accra Accra Sports Stadium 40,000
Aduana Stars Dormaa Ahenkro Agyeman Badu Stadium 7,000
Asante Kotoko Kumasi Baba Yara 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
Bibiani Gold Stars Bibiani Dun's Park 7,000
Dreams Dawu Dawu Sports Stadium 5,000
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
Karela United Aiyinase CAM Stadium 5,000
King Faisal Kumasi Baba Yara Stadium 40,000
Legon Cities Accra El Wak Stadium 7,000
Medeama Tarkwa TNA Park 12,000
RTU Tamale Tamale Stadium 21,017
WAFA Sogakope WAFA Park (Sogakope) 1,000

Previous winnersEdit

Previous winners of the Ghana Premier League are as follows:

List of Ghanaian football champions since 1956Edit

Clubs City/ Region Years Winners Last title
Asante Kotoko Kumasi, Ashanti 1959, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1975, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1988–89, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93, 2003, 2005, 2007–08, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14 24 2013–14
Hearts of Oak Accra, Greater Accra 1956, 1958, 1961–62, 1971, 1973, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1984, 1985, 1989–90, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004–05, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2020–21 21 2020–21
Ashanti Gold (formerly Obuasi Goldfields) Obuasi, Ashanti 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 2015 4 2015
Great Olympics Accra, Greater Accra 1970, 1974 2 1974
Aduana Stars Dormaa Ahenkro, Bono 2009–10, 2017 2 2017
Eleven Wise Sekondi-Takoradi, Western Region 1960 1 1960
Real Republicans Accra, Greater Accra 1962–63 1 1962–63
Mysterious Dwarfs Cape Coast, Ghana Central Region 1966 1 1966
Sekondi Hasaacas Sekondi-Takoradi, Western Region 1977 1 1977
Berekum Chelsea Berekum, Bono 2010–11 1 2010–11
Legon Cities (formerly Wa All Stars FC) Accra, Greater Accra 2016 1 2016

Top scorers by seasonEdit

[11][12]

1973–2020 Ghana Premier League: Top Scorers
Season Best scorers Team Goals Notes
1973   Peter Lamptey Hearts of Oak
26[13]
1974   Dan Owusu Bofoakwa Tano
24[14]
1975   Dan Owusu Bofoakwa Tano
26[14]
1976   Dan Owusu Bofoakwa Tano
28[14]
1977   George Alhassan Great Olympics N/A
1978   Muhammed Choo Real Tamale United
22[15]
1979   Opoku Afriyie Asante Kotoko N/A
1980   Emmanuel Quarshie Sekondi Hasaacas
18
1981   Opoku Afriyie Asante Kotoko
21[16]
1982   Muhammed Choo Real Tamale United
15[15]
1983   Anane Kobo Real Tamale United N/A
1984   Anane Kobo Real Tamale United N/A
1985   George Alhassan Great Olympics N/A
1986   Tony Yeboah Cornerstones N/A
1987   Tony Yeboah Cornerstones N/A
1988–89   Henry Acquah Hearts of Oak N/A
1989–90   Muhammed Tijani Cornerstones
15
1990–91   Thomas Boakye Asante Kotoko N/A
1991–92   Abdul Mumuni Dawu Youngstars N/A
1992–93   Augustine Ahinful Goldfields 12
1993–94   Oscar Laud Dawu Youngstars N/A
1994–95   Charles Amoah Okwawu United N/A
1995–96   Kofi Deblah Goldfields N/A
1996–97   Kofi Deblah Goldfields N/A
1997–98   Joe Fameyeh Hearts of Oak N/A
1999   Ishmael Addo Hearts of Oak 19
2000   Ishmael Addo Hearts of Oak 21
2001   Ishmael Addo Hearts of Oak 22
2002   Bernard Dong Bortey
  Charles Asampong Taylor
Hearts of Oak
18
2003   Shaibu Yakubu Goldfields Obuasi 13
2004–05   Samuel Yeboah Heart of Lions N/A
2005   Prince Tagoe Hearts of Oak 18
2006–07   Emmanuel Clottey Great Olympics 14
2007–08   Eric Bekoe Asante Kotoko 17
2008–09   Alex Asamoah Asante Kotoko 16
2009–10   Bismark Idan Kessben 13
  Samuel Affum Hearts of Oak
2010–11   Nana Poku Berekum Arsenal 17
2011–12   Emmanuel Baffour New Edubiase United 21
2012–13   Mahatma Otoo Hearts of Oak 20
2013–14   Augustine Okrah Bechem 16
2015   Kofi Owusu Berekum Chelsea 19
2016   Latif Blessing Liberty Professionals 14
2017   Hans Kwofie Ashanti Gold 17
2018**   Hafiz Konkoni
  Kwasi Donsu
Bechem United
Medeama
8
2019–20   Victorien Adebayor International Allies 12
2020–21   Diawisie Taylor Karela United 18

** The 2018 season was cancelled and declared null and void on June 7.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Teye, Prince Narkotu (19 February 2016). "Ghana Premier League: An Idiot's Guide". www.goal.com. Goal. Retrieved 27 July 2021.
  3. ^ "Africa's strongest League in the 1st Decade of the 21st Century (2001-2010)". IFFHS. Retrieved 18 November 2011.
  4. ^ "The strongest Leagues in the World in the 1st Decade of 21st Century (2001–2010)". IFFHS. Retrieved 18 November 2011.
  5. ^ "First Capital Plus rescues Premier League with $10million sponsorship". Graphic Ghana. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Sports Minister hails First Capital Plus Bank for sponsoring Premier League". ghanasoccernet.com. 4 February 2014. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  7. ^ "First Capital Plus Bank signs up for $10m as league sponsor". ghanafa.org/. Archived from the original on 9 February 2014. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  8. ^ "First Capital Plus makes first payment to Ghana League". MTNFootball.com. Archived from the original on 6 February 2014. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  9. ^ "SuperSport not bidding for broadcast rights of Ghana Premier League". 9 January 2020.
  10. ^ "STARTIMES ACQUIRES GHANA PREMIER LEAGUE MEDIA RIGHTS". Sport Industry Group. 24 November 2016. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
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  12. ^ "Top Scorers". World Football. Retrieved 3 October 2014.
  13. ^ Osei Asibey, Charles (23 September 2010). "Peter Lamptey, Ghana's first 'goalking'". GhanaWeb. Retrieved 1 July 2021.
  14. ^ a b c Yeboah, Thomas Freeman (8 April 2020). "I owe the success of my football career to Kwasi Owusu: Three times league top scorer Dan Owusu reveals". Pulse Ghana. Retrieved 27 July 2021.
  15. ^ a b "'Attach former goal kings to national teams' - Choo". Modern Ghana. Ghana News Agency. Retrieved 1 July 2021.
  16. ^ Teye, Prince Narkortu (30 March 2020). "'Rest well legend' - Ghanaians react to news of Opoku Afriyie's demise". www.goal.com. Goal. Retrieved 27 July 2021.

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