Ghana FA postpone league kick-off to February 11

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The start of the 2017 top-flight season has seen another postponement following a petition by the clubs to the emergency committee of the GFA

Ghana Premier League Board have confirmed the postponement of the start of 2017 Ghana Premier League season from February 4 to February 11, following a unilateral decision by the sixteen participating clubs to rally support for the Black Stars at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

Ghana have reached the semi-finals of the tournament and will lock horns with Cameroon on Thursday. A victory for the Black Stars will see the final game against either Egypt or Burkina Faso on Sunday coinciding with the start of the league which will definitely affect publicity of the opening day games, according to the clubs.

"The clubs proposed for the league to be postponed to a further date in solidarity with the Black Stars, who are participating at the Afcon in Gabon," vice president of PLB George Amoako said at a press briefing.

"The emergency committee of the Ghana FA endorsed the new date as February 11 after the proposal was sent to them for endorsement. We believe this will help us to rally our support behind the Black Stars to win the Afcon for the first time in more than thirty years and also give the league the needed attention when it finally takes off," he added.

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Great Olympics, Elimina Sharks and Bolga All Stars have gained promotion from division one, replacing Techiman City, Sekondi Hasaacas and New Edubiase United, who were relegated from the top-flight last season.

Also, Tema Youth FC have replaced Dreams FC, who were demoted after they were found guilty of fielding an unqualified player en route to their qualification to the premier league during the 2014-15 season

However, Goal understand that matches involving title holders Wa All Stars and FA Cup champions Bechem United will be fixed for another date due to their involvement in the preliminary round of the Caf Champions League and Confederations Cup.

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