Ghana Premier League
Founded1956; 68 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 championsMedeama
(2022–23)
Most championshipsAsante Kotoko (24 titles)
TV partnersStarTimes (live matches)
Websiteghanafa.org/premier-league
Current: 2023–24 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 1953–1954), the league is organized by the Ghana Football Association and was ranked as the 11th best league in Africa by the IFFHS from 2001 to 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.

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.

Participating clubs (2022–2023)

Eighteen teams will compete in the league; the 15 from the previous season and the 3 winners of the Division One zones. The promoted teams are Samartex and Kotoku Royals who both achieved promotion for the first time.[9] They replaced WAFA, Techiman Eleven Wonders and Elmina Sharks.[10][11]

Stadiums and locations

Team Location Venue Capacity
Accra Lions FC Accra Accra Sports Stadium 40,000
Aduana Stars Dormaa Ahenkro Agyeman Badu Stadium 7,000
Asante Kotoko Kumasi Baba Yara Stadium 40,000
Bechem United Bechem Nana Gyeabour's Park 5,000
Berekum Chelsea Berekum Sports Stadium 5,000
Bibiani Gold Stars Bibiani Dun's Park 7,000
Dreams FC Dawu Dawu 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
Kotoku Royals[12] Akim Oda Akim Oda Stadium 3,000
Legon Cities Accra El Wak Stadium 7,000
Medeama Tarkwa TNA Park 15,000
Nsoatreman FC Nsuatre Nana Kronmansah Park 2,000
Real Tamale United Tamale Tamale Stadium 21,017
Samartex[13] Samreboi Samartex Park 7,000
Tamale City FC[14] Tamale Tamale Stadium 21,017

Club managers and captains

The table lists club managers.

Team Manager Captain
Accra Lions FC England James Francis Ghana Dominic Nsobila
Aduana Stars Ghana Paa Kwesi Fabin Ghana Bright Adjei
Asante Kotoko Burkina Faso Seydou Zerbo Ghana Richard Boadu
Bechem United Ghana Mingle Ocansey Kasim Ghana Kofi Agbesimah
Berekum Chelsea Ghana Christopher Ennin Ghana Fuseini Zackaria
Bibiani Gold Stars Ghana Micheal Osei Ghana Yakubu Haqq
Dreams FC Ghana Ignatius Osei-Fosu Ghana Abdul Jalilu
Great Olympics Ghana Yaw Preko Ghana Razak Kasim
Hearts of Oak Serbia Slavko Matić Ghana Mohammed Alhassan
Karela United Ghana Bismark Kobby Mensah Ghana Kwadwo Addai
King Faisal Ghana Jimmy Cobblah Ghana Samuel Kusi
Kotoku Royals Ghana Seth Ablade Ghana Kingsley Afriyie
Legon Cities Ghana Maxwell Konadu Ghana Jonah Attuquaye
Medeama Ghana David Duncan Ghana Kwasi Donsu
Nsoatreman FC Ghana Mohammed Gargo Ghana Obed Duah Anford
Real Tamale United Ghana Baba Nuhu Ghana David Abagna
Samartex Ghana Annor Walker Ghana Emmanuel Adu Siaw
Tamale City FC Ghana Mohammed Wahid Ghana Collins Amoah Boateng

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in the table Incoming manager Date of appointment References
Real Tamale United Ibrahim Tanko Shaibu Resigned 26 July Pre-season Baba Nuhu 12 August 2022 [15][16]
Samartex Henry Wellington End of Interim Charge 31 July Pre-season Annor Walker 5 August 2022 [17]
Great Olympics Annor Walker Signed by Samartex 5 August 2022 Pre-season Yaw Preko 6 August 2022 [18]
Hearts of Oak Samuel Boadu Sacked 28 September 2022 14th Slavko Matić 19 October 2022 [19][20]
King Faisal Branko Božović Sacked 4 October 2022 18th Jimmy Cobblah 7 October 2022 [21][22]
Kotoku Royals Seth Ablade Sacked 12 December 2022 18th John Eduafo 4 February 2023 [23][24]
Dreams FC Ignatius Osei-Fosu Sacked 20 December 2022 16th Abdul-Karim Zito 5 February 2023

Previous winners

Years Champions
1958 Hearts of Oak (1)
1959 Asante Kotoko (1)
1960 Eleven Wise (1)
1961-1962 Hearts of Oak (2)
1962-1963 Real Republicans Accra (1)
1963-1964 Asante Kotoko (2)
1964-1965 Asante Kotoko (3)
1966 Mysterious Dwarfs (1)
1967 Asante Kotoko (4)
1968 Asante Kotoko (5)
1969 Asante Kotoko (6)
1970 Great Olympics (1)
1971 Hearts of Oak (3)
1972 Asante Kotoko (7)
1973 Hearts of Oak (4)
1974 Great Olympics (2)
1975 Asante Kotoko (8)
1976 Hearts of Oak (5)
1977 Sekondi Hasaacas (1)
1978 Hearts of Oak (6)
1979 Hearts of Oak (7)
1980 Asante Kotoko (9)
1981 Asante Kotoko (10)
1982 Asante Kotoko (11)
1983 Asante Kotoko (12)
1984 Hearts of Oak (8)
1985 Hearts of Oak (9)
1986 Asante Kotoko (13)
1987 Asante Kotoko (14)
1988-1989 Asante Kotoko (15)
1989-1990 Hearts of Oak (10)
1990-1991 Asante Kotoko (16)
1991-1992 Asante Kotoko (17)
1992-1993 Asante Kotoko (18)
1993-1994 Ashanti Gold SC (1)
1994-1995 Ashanti Gold SC (2)
1995-1996 Ashanti Gold SC (3)
1996-1997 Hearts of Oak (11)
1997-1998 Hearts of Oak (12)
1999 Hearts of Oak (13)
2000 Hearts of Oak (14)
2001 Hearts of Oak (15)
2002 Hearts of Oak (16)
2003 Asante Kotoko (19)
2004 Hearts of Oak (17)
2005 Asante Kotoko (20)
2006-2007 Hearts of Oak (18)
2007-2008 Asante Kotoko (21)
2008-2009 Hearts of Oak (19)
2009-2010 Aduana Stars (1)
2010-2011 Berekum Chelsea (1)
2011-2012 Asante Kotoko (22)
2012-2013 Asante Kotoko (23)
2013-2014 Asante Kotoko (24)
2015 Ashanti Gold SC (4)
2016 Wa All Stars Football Club (1)
2017 Aduana Stars (2)
2018 Championship canceled
2019 Asante Kotoko (25)
2020 Championnat canceled[25]
2020-2021 Hearts of Oak (20)
2021-2022 Asante Kotoko (26)
2022-2023 Medeama Sporting Club (1)
2023-2024

List of Ghanaian football champions since 1956

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, 1988–89, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93, 2003, 2005, 2007–08, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2021–22 24 2021–22
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[a] 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 1967 1 1967
Sekondi Hasaacas Sekondi-Takoradi, Western Region 1977 1 1977
Berekum Chelsea Berekum, Bono 2010–11 1 2010–11
Legon Cities[b] Accra, Greater Accra 2016 1 2016
Medeama Tarkwa, Western Region 2022–23 1 2023

Top scorers by season

1973–2021 Ghana Premier League Top Scorers[26][27]
Season Best scorers Team Goals Ref
1973 Ghana Peter Lamptey Hearts of Oak 26 [28]
1974 Ghana Dan Owusu Bofoakwa Tano 24 [29]
1975 Ghana Dan Owusu Bofoakwa Tano 26 [29]
1976 Ghana Dan Owusu Bofoakwa Tano 28 [29]
1977 Ghana George Alhassan Great Olympics
1978 Ghana Muhammed Choo Real Tamale United 22 [30]
1979 Ghana Opoku Afriyie Asante Kotoko
1980 Ghana Emmanuel Quarshie Sekondi Hasaacas 18 [31]
1981 Ghana Opoku Afriyie Asante Kotoko 21 [32]
1982 Ghana Muhammed Choo Real Tamale United 15 [30]
1983 Ghana Anane Kobo Real Tamale United
1984 Ghana Anane Kobo Real Tamale United
1985 Ghana George Alhassan Great Olympics
1986 Ghana Tony Yeboah Cornerstones
1987 Ghana Tony Yeboah Cornerstones
1988–89 Ghana Henry Acquah Hearts of Oak
1989–90 Ghana Muhammed Tijani Cornerstones 15 [33]
1990–91 Ghana Thomas Boakye Asante Kotoko
1991–92 Ghana Abdul Mumuni Dawu Youngstars
1992–93 Ghana Augustine Ahinful Goldfields 12
1993–94 Ghana Oscar Laud Dawu Youngstars
1994–95 Ghana Charles Amoah Okwawu United
1995–96 Ghana Kofi Deblah Goldfields
1996–97 Ghana Kofi Deblah Goldfields
1997–98 Ghana Joe Fameyeh Hearts of Oak
1999 Ghana Ishmael Addo Hearts of Oak 19
2000 Ghana Ishmael Addo Hearts of Oak 21
2001 Ghana Ishmael Addo Hearts of Oak 22
2002 Ghana Bernard Dong Bortey
Ghana Charles Asampong Taylor
Hearts of Oak 18
2003 Ghana Shaibu Yakubu Goldfields Obuasi 13
2004–05 Ghana Samuel Yeboah Heart of Lions
2005 Ghana Prince Tagoe Hearts of Oak 18
2006–07 Ghana Emmanuel Clottey Great Olympics 14
2007–08 Ghana Eric Bekoe Asante Kotoko 17
2008–09 Ghana Alex Asamoah Asante Kotoko 16
2009–10 Ghana Bismark Idan
Ghana Samuel Afum
Kessben
Hearts of Oak
13
2010–11 Ghana Nana Poku Berekum Arsenal 17
2011–12 Ghana Emmanuel Baffour New Edubiase United 21
2012–13 Ghana Mahatma Otoo Hearts of Oak 20
2013–14 Ghana Augustine Okrah Bechem 16
2015 Ghana Kofi Owusu Berekum Chelsea 19
2016 Ghana Latif Blessing Liberty Professionals 14
2017 Ghana Hans Kwofie Ashanti Gold 17
2018[c] Ghana Hafiz Konkoni
Ghana Kwasi Donsu
Bechem United
Medeama
8
2019–20[d] Niger Victorien Adebayor International Allies 12
2020–21 Ghana Diawisie Taylor Karela United 18
2021–22 Ghana Yaw Annor Ashanti Gold 24 [34]

Sponsorship

Period Title sponsor Name Ref.
2009–2013 Glo Glo Premier League [35]
2013–2015 First Capital Plus Bank First Capital Plus Bank Premier League [36]
2016–2022 None Ghana Premier League
2022–2023 betPawa betPawa Premier League [37][38]
2023–present None Ghana Premier League [39]

Broadcasting rights

In September 2013, SuperSport secured the television production and broadcast rights to the Ghana Premier League after signing a deal with the GFA.[40] 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. [41]

See also

Notes and references

Notes

  1. ^ Formerly known as Obuasi Goldfields.
  2. ^ Formerly known as Wa All Stars FC.
  3. ^ Abandoned on 7 June 2018 as a result of the dissolution of the GFA owing to Anas Aremeyaw Anas' investigative documentary on the body's internal corruptive operations.
  4. ^ Abandoned and daclared null and void as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequential impact on its football operations.

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