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02.04.2008 Sports News

Automatic Qualification For Nania, Okwawu, Jets

By Daily Graphic
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The four Division One League clubs banned for match-fixing in the last Middle League will sit out of the competition when 45 sides take the stage for the 2007/2008 competition starting April 12.

Nania FC, Okwawu United, Great Mariners and Mighty Jets would, however, return to the Division One League (DOL) automatically after serving a year's ban each as contained in the judgement of the Disciplinary Committee of the GFA.

GFA President Kwesi Nyantakyi said yesterday at a meeting between the clubs and the DOL board in Accra that the decision by the Disciplinary Committee could not be altered whether against or in favour of the affected clubs.

Reacting to a question over the re-admission of the four into the league after their ban, Mr Nyantakyi said decisions by the Disciplinary Committee were not subject to alterations by any other body.

By the nature of the ban handed the four, as well as their assured return to the DOL, the upcoming league features just 45 teams instead of the customary 48 teams spread equally into six zones.

At the meeting, the GFA chairman said it was unlikely any club would be made to pay any amount for officiating fees in the light of positive signs emerging from a sponsorship proposal being pursued by the GFA.

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