Other Sports of Wednesday, 12 August 2015
The National Juvenile Committee (NJC) Chairman for the Ghana Football Association has revealed the FA’s plans for improving the ailing juvenile football league across the country.
Mr. Nii Eddie Doku, who doubles as the RFA chairman for the Greater Accra and a member of the GFA Executive Committee explained that the structures are in place for the nation’s feeder league in the upcoming season.
In an exclusive interview with Sportscrusader.com, the NJC chairman explained, “We are about structuring the juvenile football league. From next season we are not going to use those cards that you used to see; we are going to use the electronic plus cards just like what the premier and the other division clubs are using. When you register for any juvenile club, you are registered straight to FIFA’s database. Nobody can poach the juvenile player, the moment they touch a colt’s player, the system will prompt you to go and see his parent club.
“We have structured the juvenile league into football districts and regional premier league. When you graduate from the football district, you will be playing in the Juvenile Premier League.
“All 16 FCPPL clubs will have a juvenile side which will play in the juvenile premier league in their regions. The Juvenile sides from the FCPPL teams will automatically qualify this year but will have to start from the district juvenile league from next season so as not to blow the number of clubs in the league.
All the eight regions have 12 regional Juvenile Premier League clubs except Greater Accra and Ashanti region on 24 clubs. Clubs in Brong Ahafo, Ashanti region and Greater Accra might shoot up to 28 for this year but will be cut down to the 24 next season after relegation. Any club that wants to join the juvenile league will have to join from the district leagues. This will motivate the clubs and the players”.