The Ghana Football Association (GFA) Club Licensing Board has begun inspection of zones on Monday as part of measures to put clubs in line with Confederation of African Football (CAF)’s Club Licensing regulations.
The inspectors for the Northern, Upper East and West Regions began their tour of the zones on Monday. A statement from the GFA had said the board will equally inspect secretariat of clubs and their Human Resource Personnel using a questionnaire as part of the Club Licensing Regulations.
The GFA had urged clubs to co-operate before the policy is locally implemented by 2017. The policy states that teams who are aspiring to take part in the première league and division league are expected to have a pitch which is up to standard, and has the required properties ranging from stands to floodlights.
They must also have academies, functional offices, and personnel like team doctors, financial officers and lawyers. As it appears, the CAF are already taking steps to ensure that these requirements are met by the respective clubs.
Eugene Bawele, who is the chief inspector for the Northern, Upper East and West Regions said that some of the clubs they visited did not have much issues with the stadium.
“I went to see Real Tamale United, Tamale Utrecht, Liberty Babies, and Guan United and these teams are all in the Northern Region. I can say that those teams have a venue. This is because RTU, Liberty Babies, and Guan all share the Tamale Stadium and so, there are no problems there.” he said
But the common issue he said however, was that of availability of offices. He also said they would continue with the inspection till they round-up.
CAF Club Licensing System had taken shape when the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) and CAF held a special two-day seminar where the aims of FIFA’s Club Licensing System, and its fundamental role as a development tool in football was deliberated. CAF however, rolled out the licensing policy in 2015.