Some of the clubs have used the off season to their advantage, almost every team has brought in new players and shed off those not performing to their satisfaction.
Already the teams have showcased their new stars in their jerseys. Obuasi Ashgold were the first this year when they got it right at the Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra with the outdooring of their deal with Betway.
Kumasi Asante Kotoko were at the Sports Hotel in Kumasi to show their sponsors and new MTN branded outfits through the media to the fans.
Accra Hearts of Oak chose to do their outdooring outdoor at the La branch of Goil Petrol Filling Station as Goil is their sponsor.
The new season is going to be boosted with some exciting players like Ivorien Amed Toure who is not to Kumasi or Accra, but with Bechem United. The MTN FA cup holders poached the talented striker to help them in what is very likely to be a tough grueling season as they will be involved in three competitions including the CAF Confederation cup. Toure has seen it all - winning the goal king and league title with Kotoko, a couple of seasons ago. He will be the fear factor the ‘Hunters’ need following the departure of Abednego Tetteh. I am confident he will challenge for the top scorers award.
Patrick Razak of Accra Hearts of Oak is also a joy to watch on any given day. The young attacker has a very good pace, and with a little coaching he can become a super star. Give him the ball and trust him to wreak havoc on any defense. I trust he will lead the way for the Phobians.
Another player to watch is Hafiz Adams - Captain fantastic. Impeccable in the heart of defense for the reigning PL Champions - Wa All Stars - who defied the odds for their historic and PL title. He can be a great leader again this season.
Malik Akowuah, the midfield dynamo has promised Hearts fans a lot since signing for the club. He is a quality midfielder.
Amos Frimpong of Asante Kotoko was the best right back in the league last season. He's certainly one man a lot will be expected of as the Porcupine Warriors seek to lift the title this time around. His versatility will come in handy.
2016/17 Ghana Premier League title contenders
Following the preseason campaign which was impressive, defending Champions WA All Stars look like the team to beat again.
The WA based club look ready and determined to have another shot at the title. Their pre-season was very good as they engaged in high profile friendlies at home and abroad and produced some great displays. Their performance against Al Hilal in Sudan, although they lost, proved they would be difficult to upstage.
It would be recalled that they traveled to Saudi Arabia for the preseason last year and they came back rejuvenated to win the trophy. They have managed to retain most of the good players they won the title with, hence my decision to consider them favorites.
Aduana Stars came so close last season, only to lose to WA All Stars. Their pre-season was quiet, but from what happened at the GHALCA 6 tournament, the Dormaa based club definitely have the title as a topmost priority and it's feasible as the core of the team that lost painfully to All Stars is available.
Their star players- Zakaria Mumuni, Nathaniel Asamoah, Emmanuel Akuoku, Godfred Saka, Daniel Darkwah and the likes - must just turn up in style.
Kumasi Asante Kotoko
Kumasi Asante Kotoko has a new management and chairman, Dr. Kwame Kyei, new coach - Drako Lugarusic - and some excellent new players. All these point to the fact that owner and life patron Otumfuor Osei Tutu II is bent on restoring his team’s glorious past with the 2016/17 GPL title.
Kotoko have made some impressive purchasing, signing top talents like Kwame Boahene, Baba Mahama, Ollenu Ashittey and welcoming the return of former skipper Michael Akuffo, thus contributing to an inspiring form ahead of the new season’s start. They have won their last five games convincingly.
With these players and premier league experience of new boss - Zdravko Lugarusic - having handled King Faisal and AshGold in the past, the Porcupine Warriors are definitely worthy title contenders.
Poor officiating - Our referees have had enough time to revise their notes as a result of the delay and hopefully fans don’t get treated to poor officiating that can lead to hooliganism.
Club administrators have to reflect on their actions that mar the beauty of the game and promise not to repeat them this season.
Fans must conduct themselves appropriately and desist from violent acts, a situation that has prevailed to some extent in past seasons. Fans must learn to accept every decision and results in good or bad faith and let their team’s management take up any complaints etc. through the appropriate channels.
Newly promoted clubs
The most accomplished of this season’s class of newly promoted teams is Accra Great Olympics, they have tasted league football before and gunning for more than survival must be their goal. Bolga All Stars and Elmina Sharks will have to work hard and punch above their weight to survive their very first year.
Liberty Professionals and Inter Allies, Ebusua Dwarfs all battled for survival during the previous season and somehow managed to survive. Their poor form can be attributed to their poor start to the season.
The nation’s premier club, Accra Hearts of Oak, founded on November 11, 1911 have not won the league for the past eight years and their fans want them to do better.
The Phobians came close last year under Japanese American coach Kenichi, but he left on a sad note and they slipped. They have the support, so the club must rise up.
The media has a role to play and it must be positive to promote the competition and the best players.