This year’s President’s Cup will be held across the regions of the country as part of efforts by the Ghana League Clubs Association (GHALCA) to decentralise the event.
Chairman of GHALCA, Kudjoe Fianoo, announced this during a call on the Minister of Youth and Sports, Nii Lantey Vanderpuye,which among other things was aimed at soliciting the minister’s support ahead of the President’s Cup match slated for July 1.
The initiative according to Mr. Fianoo is to give the regions and to a large extent the districts the opportunity to be involved in the national activity.
“We wish to present a wider scope for the President’s Cup just like the Farmers Day which aside the national event is held at regional levels,” he stated.
He added that, there could be several regional derbies such as Dwarf against Elmina Sharks or Vipers at Cape Coast, BA United versus Bofoakwa in Brong Ahafo while the Northern Region could witness a clash between R.T.U and Wa All Stars.
The main match, he said, would be played between Kumasi Asante Kotoko and Accra Hearts of Oak but the regions would also have their share of the fun.
“The event must be held across the length and breadth of the country so that nobody is denied the opportunity to be part of the event,” he stated.
He tasked the sector minister to partner with the regional ministers to ensure they get their grounds set for the event.
According to him, GHALCA would only seek for a trophy from the ministry and also require some tax reduction on proceeds while GHALCA takes care of the organisation.
He said the President would be required to grace the occasion at the Accra Stadium where the two glamorous sides battle for honours and appealed to the regional ministers to be present at their respective regions to grace the other derbies.
By Michael D. Abayateye