Relegated Ghana Premier League (GPL) sides Elmina Sharks, Eleven Wonders and WAFA will launch their campaigns for an outright return to the elite competition when the Division One League (DOL) kicks off today.
But they would have to brush aside stern challenges from 48 clubs that harbour similar intentions of gaining promotion to play at the elite stage in the 2023/24 football season.
Others like Bofoakwa Tano, Dwarfs, Liberty Professionals, Tema Youth, Berekum Chelsea, Brong Ahafo United, Heart of Lions and New Edubiase have all failed to see similar bids come to fruition since their relegation.
That makes the agenda of the trio a tricky one but having kept a number of their players from the Premiership, they can be considered among the favourites to emerge victorious in their respective groups.
Sadly, others have seen their players move on for bigger challenges and would need to rebuild to put on a decent challenge.
In Zone 1, Tano Bofoakwa will host Baffour Soccer Academy in the Brong derby at the Sunyani Coronation Park today.
At the Aliu Mahama Stadium, Steadfast will welcome WA Suntaa same day.
The action continues tomorrow when two debutants, Maana host Kumbung Bimbiem at the Malik Jabir Stadium while former Premier League side Eleven Wonders slug it out with new entrants Debibi United at the Debibi Presby Park.
In Zone 2, former topflight side Elmina Sharks will be at the Nduom Park against Nzema Kotoko as the St Martins Park also witness another tough game between Skyy and Ebusua Dwarfs tomorrow.
WAFA face Future Stars Region at the Ejisu Okese Park tomorrow while newbies, Kenpong Football Academy square off with Soccer Intellectuals today at the Gomoa Fetteh Park.
The Volta derby between Volta Rangers and Akatsi All Stars will kick start the Zone 3 games at the Ho Sports Stadium tomorrow.
Golden Kicks FC will host Liberty Professionals today at the Tema Sports Stadium, the same venue for the Tema Youth FC versus Na God FC tomorrow.
‘Uncle T’ United will welcome new entrants Koforidua Semper to the Fred Crenstil Park at Prampram while Vision and Tudu Mighty Jets clash at the NiiAdjeiKraku Park, today.
Elsewhere, WaYaasin Juniors face Kasena Nan-Kana United, Berekum Chelsea host Mighty Royals, B.A. United welcome Nkoranza Warriors while Unity take on Young Apostles.
In other games, Sefwi All Stars play host to AsokwaDeportivo; Pacific Heroes take on Asekem United;Basake Holy Stars will engage New Edubiase, Krystal Palace face Susubiribi whileNania round it up against Heart of Lions on Monday.
BY LINUS SIAW NARTEY