Great Oly boss incensed by withdrawal threats

Accra Great Olympics Director, Oloboi Commodore has dared clubs without the financial ‘muscle’ to withdraw from the Ghana Premier League (GPL).

This was the controversial football administrator’s reaction to constant threats of boycott by some of the participating clubs due to lack of sponsorship.

New Edubiase and Techiman City have indicated their intention to withdraw from the competition amidst crippling financial difficulties.

Indeed, Edubiase made a sensational U-turn after announcing their withdrawal from the top-flight last month.

The Bekwai-based side cited lack of financial support as their main reason.

Techiman City joined the bandwagon with their latest threat of pulling out of the competition over similar concerns.

But the Great Olympics ‘big man’ wants clubs who lack the financial wherewithal to stay in the championship to withdraw if they so wish.

“No team was forced to play in the GPL because there was a sponsorship and the team owners knew that, he fumed on a Kumasi-based Otec FM.

“If the league attracts any sponsorship, fine that is a plus. So if you have no money to run your club, just go in for a loan because if you have plans to play in the league, you should plan for the whole season.

“And I am telling you the league will continue every year with or without any sponsorship.”

He added: “Besides, before the start of the season, the sponsors gave a signal that they won’t be able to continue because they are restructuring, so why do you worry yourselves.”

The Ghana Premier League is without a sponsor after First Capital Bank suspended the booty meant for the clubs.

It’s unclear what precipitated the action but the bank claimed the measure was necessary as they underwent restructuring.


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