Delay in league take-off will benefit Hearts

ankrahAccra  Hearts of Oak’s Managing Director Gerald Ankrah believes the delayed start of the Premier League is to his club’s advantage.

The commencement of the Ghanaian top flight has been delayed for over three months due to a court case against the Ghana FA.

The competition is however set to start on January 18 following a successful congress of the GFA earlier in the week.

While many clubs have complained of the late start of the Ghana Premier League due to their inconsistent pre-season activities, the Phobian boss says his team will benefit most.

“We see the delay in the start of the league as a blessing in disguise,” he told MTNFootball.com.

“It has helped us prepare our team very well for the league.

“The league is also starting on my birthday so we feel we are in for special things in the coming season.”

Meanwhile, GFA spokesperson Ibrahim Sannie Darra is urging the nation’s Parliament to introduce a new law prohibiting Ghanaian free-to-air television stations from showing live foreign league matches to improve the patronage of the domestic top flight.

Currently, TV3 Network is the only free-to-air television station that has the broadcast rights to televise this season’s English Premier League while Metro TV and GTV share the rights to show the German Bundesliga.

“In England, Parliament has introduced a law that does not allow their local free to air television stations to show foreign league games live. They only allow pay-per-view stations like Supersport to show the international leagues. So, in response I think the Parliaments in Africa, especially in Ghana must introduce a law that stops our local TV stations from showing live EPL matches,” Sannie Darra told an Accra-based radio station Montie FM.

Most Ghanaian club administrators and pundits have blamed the live coverage of the foreign leagues including the English Premier League and the German Bundesliga on local free-to-air television stations as one of the major causes of the declining patronage of the Ghana Premier League and low attendan

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