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09.03.2006 Football News

Chairman not impressed with standard of play in Middle League


Accra, March 9, GNA - The Chairman of the Division One League Board (DOLB) is unimpressed with the general standard of play exhibited in the 2006 edition of the National Middle League.

According to Mr Douglas Djarbeng, this year's Middle League falls below the general standard of play displayed in the competition over the past years.

"I have watched three matches and judging from what I saw, I don't think the standard can be compared to previous Middle League competitions".

Mr Djarbeng, however noted that his assertion might not be the same in other matches but was of the view that the three matches he had watched so far could still be used to assess the competition. Speaking to the GNA Sports, Mr Djarbeng said the problem could be attributed to the long legal battle, which resulted in the inactivity of some clubs.

He said the long stay could not be the general problem and the reason behind the performance because some of the Clubs were still engaged in friendly matches while awaiting the court ruling. Mr Djarbeng however expressed the hope that participants would put up a much improved performance in the coming season.

"Football is a game of uncertainties and anything can happen and this is what we would bank on to see quality output next season". The DOLB Chairman said they are now awaiting the results of the cases before the Disciplinary Committee to determine the next date for the continuation of the Middle League.

The league is now on hold pending decision of the Disciplinary Committee, which has over five protest cases to handle. Information gathered by the GNA Sports reveals that the Committee commenced work on the protest cases and is expected to conclude its work by the end of the week.

Participants in the competition have a match each to conclude the league but it is apparent that Accra Great Olympics have already secured their ticket to the premiership with an unblemished record of five wins out of five matches. 09 March 06