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Soccer News of Monday, 12 December 2016


Dreams FC accepts decision to play in Division One

Dreams FC have accepted the decision of the Appeals Committee of the Ghana Football Association demoting them to the Division One League a few weeks ago.

In a release signed by Administrative Secretary Theresa Nelly Slippi Mensah, the Dawu-based side is not happy with the decision of the committee but have resolved to accept it for the sake of Ghana football.

"Consequently, notwithstanding the loss of financial resources by Dreams FC and the huge disappointment, it is the decision of the Board of Directors of our club and our legal team (as law abiding cooperate citizens, a model club and a member of the Ghana FA) that Dreams FC will put the interest of Ghana Football ahead of its own interest and accept the purported decision ...," the statement read.

The club will however go for a review of the ruling on their Sporting Director Ibrahim Dossey as the statement claim he was not fairly treated.

"... and accept the purported decision save by the 2nd Appeals Committee of banning Ibrahim Adam Dossey because he was only invited to assist the Committee to do its work and was not part of this protest case nor charged and was not given hearing," it added.

Dreams FC suffered the punishment from the Appeals Committee for using an unqualified player in a Division One League game against Tema Youth in the 2014/15 GN Bank Division One League season in a game they won by 2-0.

The case which was initially ruled in favour of Dreams FC saw Tema Youth pursuing the matter to FIFA's Court of Arbitration for Sports after exhausting all the legal procedures of the Ghana FA.

With this decision by Dreams FC to accept the verdict, the way towards the kickoff of the 2016/17 Ghana Premier League looks cleared as many feared a long standing legal tag of war which could have dragged the league season backwards.

Dreams FC will therefore play in the 2016/17 GN Bank Division One League in Zone Three while Tema Youth plays in the 2016/17 Ghana Premier League.