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Sports News of Friday, 13 December 2019

Source: Myjoyonline.com

2019 President's Cup: Hearts-Kotoko game to be played in Kumasi

The 2019 President's Cup replay between Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko which was set to be played on Sunday, December 15, 2019, has been postponed.

The game has now been moved to December 22, 2019, a week before the commencement of the 2019-20 Ghana Premier League season and will be played at the Baba Yara sports stadium in Kumasi.

This will be the second time the much-anticipated clash has been postponed, the first encounter in September was called off after just five minutes due to the soggy nature of the pitch after a heavy downpour.

The development was announced via a letter from the Ghana League Clubs Association (GHALCA) who are the organisers of the match.

The letter did not state any reasons for the change of date and venue but it said that the decision was taken after all stakeholders were consulted.

Various reports suggest the game has been postponed due to the bad state of the Accra Sports Stadium after the pitch was used for a series of events including the Cardi B concert on Sunday.

Find the statement released by GHALCA below:

“The Ghana League Clubs Association (GHALCA) would like to announce to the sporting public that the 2019 President’s Cup between Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko has been moved to the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi on Sunday, December 22”.

“In view of the latest development, the game fixed for Sunday, December 15, 2019, in Accra has been called off”.

“Following widespread consultation with principal stakeholders, GHALCA has decided to reschedule the game for Kumasi to serve as a precursor to the 2019/20 Ghana Premier League season”.

“GHALCA is committed to playing a key role in reviving football in the country to #BringBackTheLove”.

“We would like to take the opportunity to apologize to fans in Accra in particular who have been desirous of watching their darling teams at the Accra Sports Stadium”.