Ghanaian Coaches Hail Duncan’s Victory

Duncan Ghanaian coaches have hailed the victory of David Duncan in the landmark case against Hearts of Oak.

The ex AshantiGold trainer has secured the award of a $40, 000 compensation for his unfair dismissal by the Ghana Premier League giants.

Several reports of unfair dismissal of Ghanaian coaches have gone unchecked in the past.

Only expatriate coaches have managed to secure similar ruling against Ghanaian clubs – making Duncan’s victory a novelty for local coaches.

Hearts have already served notice of their intention to appeal the ruling made by the Ghana FA’s Status Committee.

Ghanaian coaches have however cheered the ruling – believing it will pave the way for the right treatment by their employers.

“This is the bomb of the year and it is good news for all Ghanaian coaches,” Executive Member of the Ghana Coaches Association of Ghana J.E Sarpong told Asempa FM.

“Coach Duncan has fought a good fight and has led the way for Ghanaian coaches.

“This case is a landmark case and an eye-opener to all and we hope many others will take a cue from it.”

Meanwhile, Medeama assistant coach Stephen Abugri has also hailed the Ghana FA for punishing Hearts after they wrongfully terminated the contract of David Duncan.

The Status Committee of the Ghana Football Association slapped the huge fine on the Accra-based side last Thursday after the coach had reported the club to the federation claiming unlawful dismissal.

Abugri, who guided King Faisal back to the Ghanaian top-flight but was sacked under controversial circumstances, has praised authorities for handing out the heavy punishment against the former African champions.

“Ghanaian football administrators have taken us for a ride for far too long” Abugri is quoted by Radio XYZ.

“They have no respect for (we) the local Coaches. If you are on a contract and there is termination, they don’t show any respect to the contract and they fire you without the right compensation”

“I took King Faisal, when they were in a very poor state. I brought them back into the Premier League two years later and my biggest reward was a sack”

“They just kicked me out for no reason.

“The status committee has done a great job and if I were in my hometown I would have bought them a live cow.

“Their verdict was done without fear or favour and that is highly commendable.

“Ghanaian Coaches also deserve better conditions of service and I pray that the verdict will serve as a deterrent to other club owners in Ghana.”

It is the biggest compensation pay-off for anyone in the history of the local league which is likely to have an effect on future erratic sacking coaches in the in Ghanaian top-flight.

The Status Committee upheld the view of the trainer that he was illegally dismissed without the necessary compensation due him when he was fired by the former African champions.

The Phobians were also slapped with a GHc 5,000 fine over the conduct of their lawyers after they failed to appear before the committee in a previous sitting.

They have two weeks to pay the fine or could be docked points if they fail to meet.

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