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06.01.2005 Football News

GFA denies media report

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Accra, Jan 6, GNA - The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has said they are not privy to any information attributed to the Ghana Embassy in Ethiopia concerning the Black Starlets African Juvenile Championship qualifier billed for Addis Ababa on Sunday.

A statement signed by Mr Kofi Nsiah, General Secretary of the association and copied to the GNA Sports said the GFA was astonished by the news items that cited bad weather as having caused the delay of the trip originally scheduled for last Tuesday.

The General Secretary said the secretariats' attention has been drawn to publications in Ghanaian dailies with captions of "Starlets leave on Friday and "Bad weather delays Starlets' departure and wish to correct certain factual misrepresentations contained in the reports.

Mr Nsiah said the publications has caused lots of inconveniencies, a situation, he said that has compelled Ghana's Embassy in Addis Ababa to call the secretariat to register their displeasure and protest for causing it some embarrassment.

The General Secretary explained that the delay had nothing to do with the information alleged to have come from the Embassy.

He said it is therefore misleading to attribute the late departure of the team to advice received from the Ghana Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and that the secretariat is not officially aware of any advice that the team should arrive either 10 days or 72 hours before the match.

The General Secretary also stated that it has not received any frightening reports of people bleeding through their noses from Embassy and the publications are therefore unfortunate.

Though the GNA Sports quoted the wrong source, it was without any malice and accordingly renders its apologies to any aggrieved parties.

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