What is GHALCA?
The Ghana League Clubs Association, like many social groupings, has a chequered history. Founded in the heat of a Military coup led by Gen. I. K. Acheampong between 1972 – 1973, it was christened as the Organisation of Ghana League Clubs Association (OGLCA) by the Founding Fathers – Mr. K. Budu Acquah, Kojo Quarshie and Zac Bentum – all deceased.
At the time, football governance was solely controlled by the Government who appointed the GFA Chairman and the Members of the Management Board. The Founding Fathers found this system unacceptable and using the OGLCA as a Pressure Group, challenged the Military Government to allow "Football People" to run their own affairs. The government resisted this move, and at a time arrested and detained the leaders of OGLCA in military custody.
Football during this period was run by Philanthropists. People like H.P Nyametei, of Hearts of Oak, Mr Hope Yomekpe of Great Olympics, Mr Agbojan of Standfast, B.K. Edusei of Kotoko and several others spent their time and resources on football without any significant financial returns.
Other notable persons like Major Yaw Larson, Mr Antwi Gyamfi, Nana Ntiri Dankyi, Mr. I.K.Edusei, Boye Sowah and the current Chairman of the Association, Mr. Kudjoe Fianoo took up the struggle to ensure that "Football People" had greater say in the Administration of Football in the country. Their effort paid off when in 1983, the Jerry Rawlings Military regime introduced participatory Democracy and gave some recognition to Football Administrators and Owners to be part of the GFA.