After 22-years in the top flight football, it will not be easy as a player to come to terms with the fact that, your club will be playing in the Division One League next season.
For a football club that has produced a Black Stars captain, Africa Cup of Nations participants, UEFA Champions League participants and winners, Italian Scudetto winners, English FA Cup winner, FIFA World Cup participants and as well as the FIFA U-20 World Cup winners, waking up to the reality of second tier football will be psychologically harsh.Liberty Professionals sadly bowed out of the Ghana Premier League at the end of the 2020/21 season and the Carl Reindorf Park in Dansoman, a one time constant production line for all the national teams, will no longer host big name clubs like Hearts of Oak, Asante Kotoko, Aduana Stars, Medeama, Great Olympics, Karela United and the other clubs.
Liberty Professionals central defender, Nathaniel Paul Kwame is well aware of the harsh reality that awaits them at the Carl Reindorf Park in Dansoman.
“After 22 years I know it’s going to be a different feeling, it’s going to be a different terrain because obviously the Ghana Premier League is the highest level and also it’s a chance that you can showcase what you have.
“So playing in Division One in Dansoman Carl Reindorf Park, it’s going to be different but it’s something that has happened so we should bear it, just get on with it.
“I know as time goes on as we play we will get that feeling even though it’s tough but we will get the feeling of playing Division One, it’s not easy but we will have that feeling and also do our best.” Paul Kwame told Africa-foot.com.
The Scientific Soccer Lads had a rollercoaster journey last term, having to lose their venue mid-season due to failure to meet some Club Licensing Requirements.
They then adopted the Sogakope Park until the end of the season which sort of took away their home power.
Liberty needed a last day home victory against now Premier League survivors, King Faisal at the Sogakope Park but they fluffed the opportunity and drew goalless to finish the season 17th with 40 points.
They joined Inter Allies and Cape Coast Ebusua Dwarfs for Division One football next season
For a club that has produced Asamoah Gyan, Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari, Kwadwo Asamoah, Daniel Agyei, John Paintsil, just to mention a few players, it is certainly a backward step for them.