GFA Wraps Up Review Tour In Tamale
The beauty of the Division one league zone one during the first round was marred by controversies surrounding the officiating of some referees, acts of hooliganism and failure by clubs to restrict their supporters’ access to the various stadia to watch matches in compliance with the covid 19 safety protocols.
To this end, the Ghana Football Association President, Kurt Simeon Edwin Okraku together with some executive council members, appointment committee chairperson and members of the Division one league board embarked on a review and visitation tour to management members, officials, directors and supporters of Division one league clubs to appreciate their concerns and suggest ideas on how to make the second round better.
The GFA officials, wrapped up their tour in the Northern Regional capital Tamale, yesterday, 15th April, 2021 at the office of the Northern Regional Football Association chairman, Alhaji Abu Hassan Rhyzo, where they met with management members and supporters of RTU, Steadfast, Tamale city, Gbewaa, WA Suntaa, Paga Crocodiles, Northern ladies and Pearlpia ladies respectively.
Representatives of the respective clubs in the meeting raised concerns on lack of sufficient funds to effectively and efficiently manage the clubs amid the Covid 19 pandemic, the recent allegations of favoritism by the FA to help one of the Tamale clubs to get promotion to the Ghana premier league, bad officiating among other issues.
Adding his voice to the allegations of favoritism, Northern Regional football Association chairman, Alhaji Abu Hassan Rhyzo, rubbished those allegations, and strongly argued that the Tamale clubs has for the first time, prepared adequately at pre-season, a reflection of their recent brilliant performances in zone one. He added also that the only recipe for any club to qualify to the league, is to sign quality players and acquire top notch coaches, all of which the Tamale based clubs have already accomplished.
Other members of the entourage also attempted some answers to some of the questions and concerns raised by the clubs.
The GFA boss Kurt Okraku, indicated that, they have put strict mechanisms in place to ensure smooth running of the second round of Division one league, announcing that they will deploy military personnel to some match venues in order to bring sanity into the game.
The FA boss opined that no club must take an entrenched position to win matches at all cost and that stakeholders in the game should support the referees to succeed.
Story by: Bawa Mugis