The Chairman of Division One League Board, Mr. Owoahene Acheampong has urged the government to come to the aid of the Division One teams as they prepare for the 2017/ 18 season.
Mr. Owoahene confirmed on Boss FM on Wednesday that the current sponsors of the Division One League, GN Bank have decided not to renew their sponsorship which has ran out.
“Yes it is true the contract of our sponsors have ran out and we have written to them for renewal but there has not been any response yet, yet we have heard from certain avenues that the are not in the position to renew, and if that happens it will be a big blow”. Owoahene explained.
“We cannot begrudge the authorities of GN Bank if indeed they have decided not to renew their sponsorship of the Division One League, we just have to look for other alternatives. If those other avenues fail, then we have to fall on the government to come to our aid or else we have to stop playing the Division One League”. The Chairman lamented.
The former Management member of Obuasi Ashgold went on to say that the number of teams that play in the Division One are too many and that is also another challenge for the Ghana Football Association to deal with.
“There are 48 teams in the Division and so we have to get at least 24 referees to handle all the 30 matches played by the teams and that comes with it’s own financial constraints” he revealed.
“Every region promotes one team every year but the teams that come from the three Regions in the North; Upper East and West as well as Northern Region, are not able to sustain themselves in the league and are relegated, all because they do not have the financial muscle to compete well in the league”. He concluded.