Soccer News of Wednesday, 18 July 2001
The Ghana League Clubs Association (GHALCA) has vowed to resort to all lawful means to ensure that the 2001 premier league runs its full course despite the constraint of time and wide spread speculations that the league would be abridged after the first round.
Mr Joseph Y. Appiah, GHALCA chairman said the main cause of the league running behind schedule after the May 9 stadium disaster is attributable to unnecessary postponements initialled by the GFA.
He said it would be most unfortunate for the GFA to draw up a programme and fail to implement it successfully because such attitude would discourage club owners who spend very much money to maintain their players and fund the GFA from the meagre returns they get.
The chairman said there are rules and regulations governing football and any attempt by the GFA to circumvent them would be nipped in the bud "by those of us who are major stakeholders."
Mr Appiah said it is wrong for the GFA to impose postponements on clubs, which have not applied for any and are indeed prepared to honour their matches even though they might have contributed three or more players to the national team.
He said he was very much aware that Kotoko and Hearts were ready to honour their matches despite their contributions to the national team, but they were forced to accept postponements they did not ask for.
Mr Appiah said with time running against the league, what the GFA should have done was to quicken the fixtures in order to see both rounds through before the expiration of CAF's extended deadline in December.
"If I were in charge, we would have played matches last Saturday. Then support the national team on Sunday and return to the fixtures a day or two later. This kind of approach would show that we are determined to complete our programme," he said, "adding that the GFA must operate in a professional manner in order to induce the confidence of those who provide the funds to keep run it."