Ashgold To Protest Against Clubs

kudjoe fianooAshantiGold chief Executive Kudjoe Fianoo has threatened to protest against clubs who field inappropriately registered players in the second half of the season.

Ten Premier League clubs failed to meet the deadline for submission of vital documents for the registration of players in the secondary transfer window.

The Premier League Board has forwarded these cases to the Executive Committee of the Ghana FA for advice as to whether to accept or reject the late submissions.

But Fianoo who is also a member of the Executive Committee says he will kick against any proposals to have late submissions registered and threatened to take legal action against clubs who field such players in the second round of the season.

“I will protest against any side who fields a player who was registered outside the window, period,” he told Metro FM.

“I don’t understand why the authorities will accept documents of clubs after the registration window has expired.

“We need to respect the rules and reject all late registrations.”

The secondary registration process is opened to clubs four-weeks to the end of the first half of the season to give them the opportunity to bolster their squads.

Club officials however negligently wait until late to begin processing documents towards registration of players.

Many believe late submissions be refused registration to serve as a major deterrent while others argue for hefty fines to save the careers of some players – especially those returning to re-launch their careers in the Ghanaian top flight

Hearts of Lions coach Abubakar Yusif believes the lack of ambition of Premier League clubs is affecting the competitiveness of the division.

The Kpando-based club have been one of the most impressive sides after the first half of the season.

Lions who escaped relegation last term by the skin of their teeth are currently fourth in the Ghanaian top flight.

The Lions coach remains adamant his side are challenging for the Premier League title despite being ten points behind leaders Asante Kotoko.

Abubakar wants other competing clubs in the division to raise their lowered ambitions to crank up competition in the league.

“I am not thinking about top four, any coach and any team that is targeting just a top four maybe that is their own ambition,” he said.

“There is a trophy and if all of us go in to win the title it will make the league more competitive.

“I am not just content with placing fourth when you can go in for the title.”

Ebusua Dwarfs are confident of a successful debut campaign in the CAF Confederation Cup.

The ‘Mysterious Club’ have been drawn against Senegalese side FC Jaraaf in the continent’s second-tier club competition which is comparable to the Uefa Europa League.

Despite enjoying a poor first-half in the Ghana Premier League, stop-gap coach Rashid Iddi insists the Cape Coast-based side’s experience in continental football will propel them.

“We have also played in Africa before and we will aim for a good campaign,” he told Accra-based Asempa FM.

Dwarfs finished the first round of the Ghana Premier League second from bottom after amassing 16 points from 15 games.

Ghanaian giants Hearts of Oak won the maiden edition of the tournament after beating Kotoko in Kumasi.


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