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FA lodges complaint with CAF

By Ghana FA
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The Ghana Football Association has expressed concern over events leading up to the Black Stars' quarter-final match at the African Nations Cup with Angola.

The FA's complaint follows an attack on a Ghana journalist at the team hotel in Luanda, a reported assault on a fan last Tuesday and the setting-up of a 24 hour surveillance unit transmitting live from the team's hotel with the use of an OB (Outside Broadcast) van.

Spokesperson for the Ghana Football Association, Randy Abbey condemned the attacks as well as other incidents ahead of Sunday's match and confirmed that an official complaint had been delivered to organizers, CAF citing "the harassment and intimidation tactics that the Angolans are deploying".

"We've compiled all these and lodged a formal complaint with CAF - then this issue (the attack on the journalist) took place," he told a press conference at the team hotel in Luanda on Friday morning.

"Football has come of age - these incidents shouldn't occur in 2010, perhaps in the 80s it would be understandable.

"This is disgraceful; we're just hoping that things will improve.

"But if it's because they (Angola) are dreading the possibility of elimination, then they better come again because we intend to defeat them and they can assault us however much they like."

The FA's spokesperson also listed other examples of heavy-handed police tactics since their arrival in the Angolan capital.

"We have issues with the Angolan Police - they've set-up a 24 hour surveillance unit transmitting live from our hotel with the use of an OB (Outside Broadcast) van.

"When we protested, they presented a different story and even went to the extent of accusing us of assaulting their policemen.

"We find that very unfortunate.
"There have been a couple of occasions where security personnel detailed to provide us protection at training grounds, are found to be either asleep or loitering about, whiles the team is on a bus waiting for them…sometimes for more than 40mins."

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