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Ghana Premier League goes on a four-week hiatus

19:22 SAST 2017/07/25
The organising body has confirmed the competition will return after four weeks to allow preparations for Chan qualifiers

Ghana Premier League have been suspended for four weeks to pave way for preparations of 2018 Chan qualifiers against Burkina Faso as well as the FA Cup quarterfinals, the premier league board confirmed after a meeting on Tuesday.

Representatives of all 16 clubs met a couple of days ago and concluded that preparations by the Black Stars B at Prampram ahead of the qualifiers were disrupting the league since players had to travel several kilometers by road.

Another reason for the hiatus is the accident involving Asante Kotoko after matchday 22 defeat to Inter Allies, which led to the demise of equipment officer Thomas Obeng Asare. The Porcupines are yet to recover leading to the suspension of their games against Hearts of Oak and Wafa.

"The Ghana Premier League is to go on a month break to allow the quarter finals of the FA Cup to be honoured, as well as pave way for handlers of the Black Stars team B to prepare adequately for the 2018 Caf Chan qualifiers with Burkina Faso," a GFA statement read.

"The quarterfinals of the FA Cup will be honoured this weekend, and the Black Stars B team, which is made up of players from the domestic league, will commence a one week residential camping ahead of their two-leg qualifiers with Burkina Faso, which will be played over a two-week period in August.

"The Premier League returns with Match Day 25 and Match Day 26 on August 27 and August 30 respectively, before it goes on another three-week break in September to allow the Black Stars B to prepare and participate in the Ghana 2017 WAFU Tournament."

The statement added: "Meanwhile, all outstanding matches, including matches involving Asante Kotoko, will be cleared within the one month break.

A second medical review from Asante Kotoko to the GFA/PLB on Tuesday July 25, 2017, has indicated that Kotoko will be medically ready to play by August 6, 2017."

Aduana Stars lead the table with 44 points, one point above Wafa, who have two outstanding games against Ashanti Gold and Asante Kotoko.