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26.03.2006 Football News

Obuasi fans urged to support three clubs using Len Clay stadium

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Obuasi, March 26, GNA - Football fans in the Obuasi Municipality have been urged to put aside their club affiliations and support the three Clubs using the Len Clay sports stadium for their home matches in continental championships. The Clubs are Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi King Faisal.

Mr Joseph Kwadwo Boampong, the Obuasi Municipal Chief Executive who made the call at Obuasi at the weekend, said, "soccer is a passion of the nation and Obuasi is a football loving town and so it is therefore important for the Municipality to throw its weight behind all the three clubs".

Speaking to the GNA Sports, Boampong expressed disappointment about the low patronage of the Kotoko-Royale Deschang of Cameroon match at the Len Clay stadium and stressed, "I want all the supporters in the Municipality to support the three clubs". He said since all the Clubs are not based at Obuasi, supporters of AshGold in particular should encourage and support the clubs to enable them perform to achieve success for the nation. "We should see the clubs as the Ghana's Black Stars engaged in continental assignments against other nations".

Mr Boampong said the use of the Len Clay stadium by the Clubs would help improve the economy of the Municipality since business could flourish during the period. "We should therefore consider all these benefits and patronise the matches for the clubs to remain in the competitions". The MCE, himself a football lover stressed on good spectatoring and advised spectators not to engage in any acts of hooliganism that can lead to the closure of the stadium.

Commenting on the chances of the three clubs to move to the next stage of the competitions, Mr Boampong said the match between Hearts and Saint George was a difficult one but "I don't think it is an impossible feat". He said Hearts have the ability to overcome their opponents as the "miracle of El-Wak" was there to motivate and propel them but was quick to add that it is only hard work, dedication, team work and good technical direction and strategy that can do the trick.

Mr Boampong added, "The performance of this miracle at Obuasi will lift the spirit of all Ghanaians, but that will depend on the technical strategy by the technical team of Hearts". He said Kotoko and King Faisal could scale over the hurdle but reminded Kotoko in particular for disappointing their fans in the past when their chances of victory stared at them. "Kotoko should however be careful not to allow any complacency to set in since they have a lot of episodes to learn from", Mr Boampong added.