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30.04.2008 Sports News

Le Roy Denies Contract Extension

By GNA - newtimesonline.com

Ghana’s Black Stars coach, Claude Le Roy has denied claims that he has signed a two year contract extension with the Ghana Football Association (GFA).

He told GNA Sports in Accra that 'I have not extended my contract with Ghana and I don’t know why people are lying.' Le Roy has been in the news for supposedly falling out with his employers after been alleged to have applied for a vacant South African coaching job last week.

It is believed that the coach extended his contract with Ghana after the Nations Cup last February where the Black Stars earned a bronze. But the coach told GNA Sports that 'I have not extended my contract with Ghana and neither have I applied for the South African job.

'It is very sad that everyone in the whole world read that I had extended my contract to coach the Black Stars and up to now it’s not true.

'I have not seen nor received any contract, let alone sign one.'

Coach Le Roy rebuffed stories about a supposed friction between him and the GFA after the news of his application for the South African job came to light.

'How can the GFA get angry at something I have no idea about? he quizzed.

'I have principles that I hold dear and one is not to apply for a job whilst under contract.'

Le Roy whose contract with Ghana runs till the end of June, however, opined that applying for a job with only a few months to end his contract would not have been ethically wrong.

'It is acceptable for any coach to apply for a job when his contract has a few months to run out.'

The French told GNA Sports that the story about the said application and contract extension are cooked to soil his hard earned reputation. 'The only time I ever came face to face with the South African Federation was when they approached me in Paris in early 2006 to inform me I had been short-listed alongside Carlos Alberto Parreira for the job.' GNA

¨ Kumasi-based Kaaseman FC drew 1-1 with local rivals West Ham United in their Division One League (DOL) match on Sunday played at the Gyamfi Park, Bekwai in the Ashanti Region. West Ham scored first in the 12th minute through Nana Poku whilst Kofi Anthony leveled up the scores in the 22nd minute. 0Both sides played a determined game in the second half but could not score until the final whistle.

At the Asem Park in Kumasi, Cornerstone also played a goalless drawn game with visiting Tarkwa Mines Stars

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