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Ghana Premier League clubs

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The Ghana Premier League is one of best of football leagues in Africa and emerging 11th most competitive top-tier league in Africa and 65th position globally by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) in their last edition of rankings.

 

Asante Kotoko has most title of twenty-four (24) followed by their sworn-rivals Accra Hearts of Oak with 23 titles, AshantiGold (4), Accra Great Olympics (2) and Aduana Stars (2).

 
Also, Sekondi Eleven Wise, Legon Cities, Ebusua Dwarfs, Berekum Chelsea, Sekondi Hasaacas and non-existing Real Republicans are credited with one title each.
 
The number of participating was expanded from 16 to 18 clubs by the Ghana Football Association in 2019.
 
Below are the 18 Ghana Premier League clubs 
 
• Accra Lions FC
• Accra Hearts of Oak SC
• Accra Great Olympics FC
• Aduana Stars FC
• Asante Kotoko SC
• Ashanti Gold SC
• Bechem United FC
• Berekum Chelsea FC
• Bibiani GoldStars FC
• Dreams FC
• Elmina Sharks FC
• Eleven Wonders FC
• Karela United FC
• King Faisal Babies FC
• Legon Cities FC
• Medeama SC
• Real Tamale United
• West African Football Academy (WAFA)
 
Below is the profile of each club 
 
Asante Kotoko SC
 
Kumasi Asante Kotoko was formulated by 13 young men led by a young driver, Kwasi Kuma ably assisted by his close friend Lawrence Yaw Asamoah, an electrician. In early 1924 Kwasi was thrilled in a game he watched in Accra between Accra Standfast and Accra Hearts of Oak and envisage his own team. In 1924 Kwesi and Asamoah formed Kumasi Rainbow
 
Two years later the name was changed to Ashanti United after the leaders had succeeded in recruiting a number of young promising students from ECM (Anglican) and AME Zion Government Schools all in Kumasi.
 
In 1931 it was decided once more to change the name of Ashanti United to Kumasi Titanics. The story goes that Titanics did not find enough luck in their new name and in 1934 they adopted a more powerful name- Mighty Atoms.
 
Still the club did not see enough progress and in 1935 Mr. James Frimpong, suggested a change of name from Atoms to Asante Kotoko. This was after he had obtained special permission from the Asantehene Nana Sir Osei Agyeman Prempeh II.
 
The club was officially inaugurated on August 31, 1935 before a great assembly of chiefs and people from all walks of life. The Asantehene and the Atipinhene were elected as patrons of the club. Baba Yara Sports Stadium (Kumasi Sports Stadium) is the home venue of Kotoko
 
AshantiGold SC
 
Ashanti Gold SC was founded in 1978 by a group of employees of the Ashanti Goldfields Corporation (AGC) under the name of Goldfields Sporting Club famously known as Obuasi Goldfields.
 
The employees pleaded with management of AGC to sponsor the team, but they always refused. The employees continued to fund the team and in the 1984 season, the club finished as runner-up in the MTN FA Cup.
 
The management took notice and, through their leading shareholder Lonrho, arranged funding and sent an English manager to help the team. The team was promoted to Ghana Premier League, the most elite football division.
 
For almost a decade the team struggled due to disorganization, until 1993 when a company official at AGC revamped the club and brought in another English manager. 2004 Obuasi Goldfields Sporting Club Ltd. was renamed AshantiGold Sporting Club Ltd. on April 16 due to AshantiGold Sporting Club’s former owners Ashanti Goldfields Corporation.
 
The club plays at Len Clay stadium. 1994/95/96 Ghana Premier League winners 2015 First Capital Premier League champions 1994/95/2006 FA Cup winners 1995 Champion of champions
 
Accra Great Olympics FC
 
Accra Great Olympics is a Ghanaian professional football club based in Accra, Greater Accra. The club is currently competing in the Ghana Premier League.
 
Great Olympics was the first team to represent Ghana as a national side and indeed beat Togo 1-0 in that memorable match in1960.
 
Also it was the first team in the history of Ghana football to have an unbeaten run of 38 matches, - a standing record - and the first to engage a foreign coach in the person of Lowenstein from Germany.
 
It recalled that the Wonder Club was also the first to score the highest number of goals in any African soccer competition, beating MMM of Madagascar 7-0 in 1971.
 
The Wonder Club has during several seasons crowned its existence with laurels by winning the National League, Knockout and the Champion of Champions and in 1971, it participated in the Africa Clubs Championship, reaching the semi-final stage.
 
However, on the flip-side, Olympics has emerged as perhaps the only team that has experienced more upheavals than any other club in Ghana.
 
It catalogued the bleak side as the saga of who went to Tema, the unresolved confrontation that drove a section of the Club's hierarchy to break away to revive Accra Standfast, as a rival of Olympics, and the internal squabbles that split the club in recent times, leading to the formation of Olympiakos, now defunct.
 
Bechem United FC
 
In 1996 the Bechem Township was blessed with a football club thus Bechem Football Club. Bechem united was founded by merging the two most rival clubs Sailors and Vipers.
 
The team played in the National Division One League and emerge victorious in the 2011 season which saw their promotion to the tier one football league. Nana Gyeaboa Fosu Park is the home grounds of the team.
 
Bechem United can boost of the 2016 Ghana FA Cup title after beating Okwahu United in the final at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium.
 
Berekum Chelsea FC
 
The club was formed on 21 July 2004 in the then Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana. In 2008, four years after the inception of the club during that period playing and rising in the lower leagues, it was promoted to the Ghana premier league after winning their zone of the Division One League.
 
The board of directors heeded the advice by the Ghana Football Association to use the name Berekum Chelsea rather than the Bechem Chelsea. The club was later moved to Bechem and its name changed to Bechem Chelsea in conformity with its home base.
 
The club's name and home kit are inspired by Chelsea. The club played at Ohene Djan Sports Stadium for their first Glo Premier League match on 24 November 2008 and won the match with a 3–2 victory against Liberty Professionals.
 
The club started the 2010–11 Ghanaian Premier League season very strongly and then eventually went on to win the league.
 
Aduana Stars FC
 
In 1984, four (4) Dorman men led by Agya Donkor (a goldsmith), ably supported by Mr. Iddrisa Issaka, Kofi Boahen and others registered to play in the regional division 4 league and this saw the birth of Aduana Stars Football Club. Permission was obtained from Aduanahene (chief of Aboabo no 3) because the club adopted the official emblem of the Aduana Clan.
 
The team played in division four (4) for two years before qualifying to division three in 1986. The club did not see much progress and went on recession for some years.
 
The administration of the club became difficult which led to the Oman-hene (Nana Agyeman Badu II) of Dorman taking over.
 
The club played in the various divisions and graciously got promoted to the premiership in 2009. The club plays their home games at the Nana Agyeman Badu II Sports Stadium
 
Elmina Sharks FC
 
Elmina Sharks F.C. was born out of Coconut Grove Beach Resort in 1999. 
 
Elmina Sharks was formerly known as Coconut Grove Sharks FC and the team started as division one league team. The team was in the division two league for seven years and later on moved to division one in 2011.
 
In the 2016/17 season, the team won promotion to the Ghana Premier League.
 
Karela United FC
 
Karela United FC was established in 2014 after Metro Stars was purchase in the year 2013.
 
In 2014, the new owners decided to change the name from Metro Stars to Karela United FC.
 
Karela United competed in the Ghana Division One league and emerge victorious which saw their promotion to the Ghana Premier League in the year 2017.
 
Karela United F C is located in the Aiyinese Ellembelle District of the western part of Ghana.
 
Karela plays its home games at the Crossby Awuah Memorial Park.
 
Techiman Eleven Wonders FC
 
Eleven Wonders is a Premier League outfit based in Techiman, the capital of the Bono East Region.
 
Techiman Eleven Wonders made their maiden appearance in the Ghana top-flight for the 2017-18 Ghana Premier League season but ended abruptly.
 
The Techiman-based out secured top spot in their Zone to earn promotion to (GPL) after several years of trying to make an impact.
 
Eleven Wonders arch rivals is third-tier club Techiman City FC.
 
Accra Hearts of Oak SC
 
Accra Hearts of Oak sporting Club was founded on November 11, 1911 in the then Gold Coast. The club is nicknamed the Phobians but in the year 2000, the club was nicknamed the rainbow boy when they conquer the African continent. The club is one of the most successful clubs in the premier league.
 
The club plays its home matches at the Ohene Gyan Sports Stadium (now Accra Sports Stadium). 
 
Hearts of Oak won their first major match in 1922 when Sir Gordon Guggisberg, governor of the Gold Coast, founded the Accra Football League. Hearts won 6 out of 12 seasons in this league. In 1956, Hearts joined the Ghanaian football league and have flourished since.
 
In 2000, Hearts of Oak won the Ghanaian FA cup, the Ghana Premier League and for the first time in their history the CAF Champions League.
 
Dreams FC
 
The club was formed in 2009 and was promoted to the second level of the Ghanaian football league system in 2014. The club eventually qualified to the Ghana Premier League in 2015 after emerging winners of Zone 3 in the Division One League.
 
The Club moved its ground to Dawu, for the 2015/16 football season to satisfy requirements of the Ghana Football Association's Club Licensing System. The club however maintains its training ground at Kweiman where it houses most of its players.
 
Legon Cities FC
 
The club was founded in January 2006 with the name Wa All Stars. The club used to play their home games at Wa Sports Stadium. The club is now based in Accra.
 
The club was adjudged the league winners in 2016
 
The club's name was changed to Legon Cities after a new owner took over in 2020.
 
Medeama SC
 
In 2008, Medeama Sporting Club was founded as a third division club in Tarkwa in the Western part of Ghana. 
 
The club failed in its initial attempt to qualify to the Ghana Premier League in 2010. This led to the purchase of now Kessben FC the same year. 
 
The licence of Medeama Sporting Club was completed in December 2010 and has since been a constant feature in the Ghanaian top-flight. 
 
Medeama SC have two FA Cup titles in their cabinet.
 
West African football Academy (WAFA SC)
 
West African football Academy (WAFA SC) formally known as Feyenoord Football Academy, established by the Dutch football club, was officially commissioned on October 23, 1999 in Gomoa Fetteh in the central region.
 
The main objective of the academy in Ghana was to be an extension of Feyenoord’s youth development in Rotterdam. Another essential objective was to set up a structure to groom young talented African soccer players on technical and educational levels.
 
Wienco a Ghanaian company took over the Academy from Feyenoord Rotterdam in 2009 and was renamed West African Football Academy.
 
Over the years the Academy has churned out world class player plying their trade in some of the top football clubs in Africa and Europe.
 
The following are some of the clubs famous graduates-Harrison Afful, Christian Atsu, Lassana Coulibaly, Joseph Amoah, Jordan Opoku, Mohammed Abubakari, and many others.
 
The club plays at WAFA Park at Sogakope.
 
Accra Lions FC
 
Accra Lions Football Club was founded on 12 December 2015 and owned by Ghana international Frank Acheampong and foreign firm called Lionshare Football Agency.
 
They secure promotion after just two seasons in the Greater Accra Division Two after winning the Zone IV division with a record 73 points in 28 matches to qualify for the middle league.
 
During the Greater Accra promotional playoffs at the Tema Sports Stadium, Accra Lions booked the soles qualification ticket with a 100% winning record. They beat Emmanuel FC (4-1), R-Stakes (3-0) and Photizo Future Professionals (2-0) to slot into Division One Zone III which includes clubs based in Greater Accra, Eastern Region and Volta Region.
 
On 28 January 2018, Accra Lions officially announced the Accra Sports Stadium as their new home ground for the 2017/2018 Division One League.
 
In 2018 they made their debut in the Ghana Division One- Zone Three and in the Ghanaian FA Cup.
 
After becoming champions in the Ghana Division One 2020/2021, Accra Lions earned promotion to the Ghana Premier League.
 
The philosophy of Accra Lions Football Club is unique and has been developed in cooperation with LionShare, a Germany based players’ management company. The strong network of LionShare will assure a fruitful cooperation of Accra Lions Football Club with top professional clubs from Europe, the Arabian Gulf, East Asia and the United States.
 
Unlike many other clubs in West Africa, Accra Lions Football Club will host coaches, sport directors and scouts of professional football clubs throughout the whole year and enables the players of our club to showcase their talent permanently to foreign clubs.
 
Bibiani Gold Stars FC
 
Bibiani Gold Stars FC, formerly the Complex Stars and often shortened to and more commonly known as the Gold Stars, is a Ghanaian professional football team based in the Western North Region. 
 
It was founded in 1998 and later given to the Bibiani Gold Mines, they played in the National Division One League Zone two for over two decades before securing a historic promotion to the Ghana Premier League after the 2020/21 season.
 
Real Tamale United FC
 
Real Tamale United (RTU) founded in 1976 is based in Tamale, the capital of the Northern Region.
 
RTU made a return to the Ghana Premier League after emerging winners of the National Division One League Zone one after the 2020/21 season.
 
King Faisal FC
 
King Faisal Babes Football Club is a professional football club in Kumasi, Ashanti, Ghana. The club competes in the Glo Premier League.
 
They were represented at the FIFA World Cup 2006 by left-back Habib Mohamed, who was playing for Ghana national team.
 
King Faisal Babies were relegated at the end of the 2010–11 Glo Premier League season and played in the Poly Tank Division One League in the 2011–12 season.
 
Then were re-promoted to the 2012–13 Glo Premier League season. The club have never won the Ghana Premier League.
 
The club was named by its owner Alhaji Grunsah after King Faisal.
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