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2023/24 GPL: Live broadcast will be selective – Club licensing board

Officials of the Club Licensing Board of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) has served noticed to participants of the 2023/24 Ghana Premier League that live broadcast of matches will not be carried from non-standard match venues.

According to Manager of the Club Licensing Department, broadcasting rights will not be extended at all league centres because it will be selective owning that it meets licensing requirements.

This is to ensure that all match venues submitted to host matches for premier clubs in next season meets the standard of the club licensing board.

“The live broadcast of this season will be selective… Not every venue will have live broadcast,” the club licensing manager Mr. Emunah announced on Onua TV’s Agro Fie.

He declared also that most of the “Artificial pitches in our communities cannot host GPL games because they are not standard.”

This means StarTimes Ghana who owns the official broadcasting right of the Betpawa Ghana Premier League will not be seen at most venues when the season starts.

Talking about granting approvals to venues that have standard pitches, Julius Ben Emunah stated further that VIP and media stance will be given a befitting space at those venues.

Meanwhile as part of the protocols and requirements by the club licensing department, it has announced the approval of three out of over twenty venues submitted by clubs expected to compete in the 2023/24 Ghana Premier League.

The venues, Accra Sports Stadium, Baba Yara Sports Stadium and WAFA Park – Sogakope were granted conditional approvals by the Club Licensing Board in their ongoing inspection exercise of all eighteen premier league clubs ahead of the season.

This means Kumasi Asante Kotoko who uses the Baba Yara Stadium as its home ground is good to go whiles Accra Great Olympics, Hearts of Oak and Accra Lions will also co-use the Accra Sports Stadium.

WAFA Park in Sogakope will serve as an alternative venue for Accra Great Olympics and Accra Lions respectively.

The inspection exercise was made possible after All 18 Premier League clubs submitted their match venues to the GFA ahead of the start of the 2023/24 betPawa Premier League in September.

The Clubs have also submitted their alternative match venues in accordance with the Club Licensing Regulations of the Ghana Football Association.

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