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04.05.2007 General News

Wa Stars Win Case

The Disciplinary Committee of the GFA was yesterday expected to release its verdict on Catholic Stars' protest against Wa All Stars, with indications pointing to All Stars' victory in the case.

As of press time at 5 p.m. yesterday, the Committee had still not delivered its verdict, but Graphic Sports investigations suggested that Catholic Stars had gone on a wild goose chase.

Sources indicated that the Committee found no basis to award Catholic Stars the verdict, exonerating All Stars in both cases of the alleged flawed processes in the registration of Baba Gullit and Joseph Asomaning.

Instead, the player Baba Gullit was expected to suffer the brunt of the law for concealing his floating status from Wa All Stars at the time of his registration by the club.

As stipulated by the rules, his punishment hung precariously on the edges of a year's suspension from the game if the rules are applied in that manner.

By the expected verdict on the much-hyped protest against Wa All Stars, the Disciplinary Committee turned down Catholic Stars' bid for a place in next season's Premier League and confirmed Wa All Stars' place among Ghana football's elite league next season.

As was indicated at the Committee's hearing into the case, an official of King Faisal, Nana Oduro Safo, is expected to be reprimanded by the Committee for his complicating and confusing interest in the allegedly flawed transfer of Joseph Asomaning from either King Faisal or Liberty Professionals to All Stars.

Asomaning, origianally a player of Liberty Professionals, was tranfered by Nana Safo, acting on behalf of Faisal, to All Stars apparently without Liberty's consent. All Stars, however, disproved this claim with a letter from Liberty purportedly authorising Faisal to transfer the player.

Catholic Stars had prayed the Disciplinary Committee of the GFA to declare All Stars losers of their Middle League game at Swedru on March 28, alleging initially that the Wa-based club used five unqualified players in the said game.

All Stars won that match 3-0 and qualified for the premiership on the strength of their superiority in Zone 1.

But All Stars, in their defence at the Committee's hearings, denied any such claims, and Catholic Stars one hearing after another, cut down on the supposedly unqualified players until they narrowed it down to just Gullit and Asomaning.