Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Ghanaian Defender Rates NPL High

Heartland Football Club’s Ghanaian defender, Aziz Ansah, has described the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) as one of the best in Africa with respect to last season’s campaign.
The 27-year-old defender, who is still contracted to the Naze Millionaires, believes that the Premier League can become the best on the continent when it improves on key areas such as the playing turfs of the stadia as well as the welfare packages for players and coaches.
Though Ansah, who has been capped five times for the Black Stars of Ghana, acknowledges that the pay package for the players and officials in the Nigerian league is higher than what obtains in his native country, Ghana, believes that it can still get better than its present state.
The player, who joined Heartland FC from Great Olympics Football Club of Ghana, further disclosed that the campaign of last season was one of the best he has taken part in any African league.
The Ghanaian turns 28 on October 7 this year and believes that the Premier League in Nigeria is currently ahead of that of his country, which is also sponsored by Globacom Nigeria Limited.
Ansah premissed his rating on the fact that Nigeria has two clubs participating in the CAF Champions League and also has another in the CAF Confederation Cup in one edition.
“I would say that at the moment, the Premier League in Nigeria is one of the best in Africa. The league performed very well last season because you saw how the clubs competed for the title and continental positions. Then when you look at those that battled for survival then you will realise it was one of the best seasons I have witnessed playing in any league in Africa.
“Seriously, the Nigerian league is ahead of that of Ghana at the moment when you consider that Nigeria has three clubs competing in the CAF club competitions. Heartland and Kano Pillars are in the group stage of the CAF Champions League and Bayelsa United, which won the title is in the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup too,” he said.
The Ghanaian international is the most experienced player in the team of Heartland FC having played for clubs such as RFC Harelbeke, SSC Napoli,
FC Brussels, Asante Kotoko, FC Ashdod and Nadi Club Bahrain.

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