The Ghana Football Association has mentioned that penalty shoot-outs will be used to decide the winners of matches that end in a draw in the novel Juvenile League.
This was made known by President Kurt E.S Okraku on Wednesday, April 28, 2023 during the Launch of the 2023 Juvenile football season at the headquarters in Accra.
President Simeon-Okraku explained that the format is to help young footballers perfect their skills in the area of penalty shoot-outs.
Ghana have in recent years failed to win on penalty shoot outs in two Africa Cup of Nations finals – in Senegal in 1992 and Equatorial Guinea in 2015.
Other national teams have suffered a similar faith during penalty shoot-outs.
The GFA believes the introduction of the new format will help young players to learn the skills from this stage until they are fully matured for the International football.
“For so many years, Ghana has suffered a lot from our inability to score at the penalty spot when games end in stalemates. The Black Stars we remember Senegal 92 (which is) just one of the key examples,” President Simeon-Okraku said.
“So beginning this season, all juvenile games that end in stalemates will be decided via penalty shootouts. So what that means is that when the game ends in 0-0, 1-1 or 3-3 we’ll resort to the penalty shootout to decide the winner.
“The winner gets 2 points while the losing team gets one,” he added.
The 2023 Juvenile League will commence on the weekend of May 7/8/9, 2023.
Credit: Ghana Football Association
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