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13.10.2007 Sports News

Premiership Kicks Off Dec 1

By Daily Guide

The long-awaited 2007/2008 Onetouch premiership which was initially set to take place in August, will now kick-start on December 1st as the Ghana Football Association (GFA) last Thursday announced the commencement of the premiership at its annual congress.

DAILY GUIDE SPORTS gathered that the GFA arrived at the date after six hours of hot debate by delegates at the congress, which was initially scheduled for two days, Thursday and Friday.

Some amendments to the GFA Rules and Regulations were approved by 77 out of the 100 delegates present at the congress, fulfilling the 75 percent of the required majority.

The forthcoming Premiership is expected to end in April next year with 10 games being honoured before it goes on recess on January 13, 2008, seven clear days to the beginning of the Ghana CAN 2008.

Welbeck Abra Appiah, Chairman of the Professional League Board (PLB) said all the 16 clubs that are to participate in the premiership were to begin registration of their players from yesterday, October 12, 2007.

The registration of the players according to him, would last for 14 days.

Meanwhile, President of the GFA, Kwesi Nyantakyi informed congress that the Executive Committee had recommended that the title of Honorary President of Congress be conferred on Justice A.K.B. Ampiah, the immediate past President of the Congress.

The FA Cup, which had not been contested for in the last couple of years, was also to be named after Justice Ampiah due to his immense contributions towards football in the country.

Mr. Nyantakyi warned all the clubs taking part in the competition to desist from taking the FA to court or face sanctions.

By Pierre Toto