It is good news domestic football is about to resurrect in the country after many months buried in ignominy, conflict and acquiescence, says Asante Kotoko defender, Daniel Darkwah, eager to impress.
The FIFA/ Government of Ghana-appointed Normalisation Committee officially launched a special competition, yesterday, scheduled to commence, this weekend, across the country.
The former Aduana Stars captain, Daniel Darkwah, has welcomed the imminent resuscitation of football in the country:
“It is good news the competition is finally coming on because it has been a long time we engage ourselves in a competitive football” said Darkwah in an exclusive interview with ekowasmahsports.com, today.
“We have started preparations and I hope to get a chance to feature for Kotoko. The dream is to win the competition,” he concluded.
The foundation holding Ghana football was shaken and the roof caved in, June 2018, after the public airing of ace investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas and his Tiger Eye PI team’s documentary on how referees manipulate the outcome of football matches.
The mind-boggling exposè also captured how other officials influence player call-ups into various national teams as well as the wrong dealings of the then Ghana Football Association President, Kwasi Nyantakyi, subsequently banned for life by FIFA.
The former Fifa Council member resigned from all his positions, including the 1st vice-presidency of the Confederation of African Football.
Since then, domestic football has been in limbo spanning the Government of Ghana-Fifa appointed Normalization Committee, Kotoko’s shortlived participation in the CAF Confederation Cup competition and the recently outdoored Gog/Fifa-Caf Task Force.
A fortnight ago, the Normalization Committee rolled out the ongoing Women’s League, following an impasse over the organization of the various tiers of the Men’s football competition thanks to the committee’s opaque accountability contested by the clubs’ front.
After a number of interventions from high places, however, the Special Competition is scheduled to kick off, this weekend.
It is designed to revive domestic football in Ghana after a nine-month limbo.
The winner of the competition will represent Ghana in next season’s CAF Champions league competition.
In Week One of the imminent NC competition, Asante Kotoko will throw out the welcome mat for former league champions, Aduana Stars, at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium, this weekend.
Also, at the Accra Stadium, ‘off-season champions’ Hearts of Oak are primed to duel with Dreams FC.