Yaw Frempong Ampomah
The Ghana Football Association on Tuesday February 4th officially announced a new 5-year Premier League sponsorship deal worth $10m with Ghanaian bank, First Capital Plus. Concerns have however been raised by a section of the League's followers over what they see as the conflicting details of the commencement date of the deal.
Citing a report on the GFA's website, Krobea Kwabena Asante, a staunch follower of the Ghana Premier League questions whether or not the new agreement covers the remainder of the sponsorless 2013-2014 season or strictly begins from the 2014-2014 league season as both time-lines have been made public by the FA.
Quotes from ghanafa.org read as follows; "According to the GFA, the deal with the wholly Ghanaian-owned Bank for the sponsorship of the Premier League will commence from the 2014-15 football season." Again, "First Capital Plus Bank makes its first break into the Ghana Premier League with the second round of the 2013-14 competition resuming on Wednesday", it continued.
From the first quote, the 5 year sponsorship deal commences with the start of the 2014/15 season meaning the 2013/14 season (Ist round concluded) remain sponsorless while the second quotation from the same report suggests that indeed, the First Capital Plus Bank League takes effect with the start of the 2nd round of the current Ghana league campaign.
Hopefully, the GFA would respond with a much clarified detail as this seeming confusion would inevitably affect the exact date on which the deal expires.