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04.11.2008 Football News

We Want Case Out Of Court —Zaytuna

Barely a week after they were expelled from the Ghana Football Association, former premiership side, Zaytuna F/C, have taken a bold step towards their re-instatement.

In a 'rescue' proposal to the FA, Zaytuna said they had made suggestions for the two parties to talk the matter out of court and to seek further clarification on their true status.

Mr Olloboi Commodore, Operations Manager of the club, told the Graphic Sports on phone yesterday that Zaytuna were prepared to withdraw their case from the law court to merit their re-instatement.

Congress, the highest decision making body of the GFA, on October 29, expelled the club, together with Division One side, Tudu Mighty Jets, from the association for resorting to the courts for redress.

The actions by the clubs contravene Article 17 (1) and 11 (1) of the FA statutes which bars any club, member, player, supporter or official from taking the FA to the law court on any matter arising out of the statutes of the FA.

Zaytuna filed documents at the law court praying it to restrain the GFA from holding last Wednesday's congress but it was squashed, while Mighty Jets resorted to a similar action after it was handed a one-year suspension for match-fixing.

Zaytuna filed a protest against RTU for fielding an unqualified player (Kwame Adzagba) but it was dismissed by the Disciplinary Committee of the FA and they have since turned to the courts for solace.

Sounding a bit controversial, Mr Commodore said the club was not expelled but only ceased to be a member of the FA subject to the withdrawal of the court case.

Quoting from a letter from the FA, Mr Commodore said their clear status was still vague and would need further clarification when the planned meeting takes place.

Zaytuna F/C, formerly known as Stay Cool and based at Banana Inn in Accra, were relegated after just a season in the premiership. They caused one of the biggest upsets when they defeated Accra Hearts of Oak in their first meeting.

Story by Daniel Kenu