Cudjoe Fianoo, the President of the Ghana League Clubs Association (GHALCA), has disclosed that his organization is debating adding a Ghana Premier League (GPL) match to this year’s President’s Cup matchup.
The contest, a GPL round 20 encounter between Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko, is scheduled for March 5 and will serve as the coronation game.
He reveals that the decision to take into account the league game for the President’s Cup match was made in response to complaints from supporters about the two titans of Ghanaian football playing too many games against one another.
“As I speak with you now, we are considering two different dates,” Fianoo said in an interview.
“Last year, the game was honored on 4th March. This year, we wrote to the FA and proposed the 3rd of March for it. The FA drew our attention to the fact that, there is a league game between Kotoko and Hearts on the 5th of March 2023.
“Fans have been complaining about playing Kotoko versus Hearts games too many times within a given year, so we have proposed a format that will see the Kotoko versus Hearts league game double as the President Cup as well.
“If there is a winner at the end of 90 minutes, we will present the Cup to them but should the game end in a draw, we will determine the winner on penalty shootout.
“But we are yet to reach an agreement with the FA and government on this.
“Since this year’s celebration will be held in Volta Region, we are deliberating on all these options regarding date, venue and format.”