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17.11.2002 Football News

GFA grateful for league's success

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The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has expressed appreciation to all stakeholders in the country who helped in the successful completion of the 2002 premier league soccer season.

Kwaku Ampim-Darko, Deputy General Secretary, noted in a press statement on Friday that clubs, management boards, referees association as well as sports writers and commentators have contributed greatly to the successful completion of the league.

He said even though some nasty incidents were recorded at Koforidua, Kumasi, Sunyani, Dawu, Prestea and Bolgatanga, they happened as a result of an attempt to prevent the repeat of the previous year calamity.

The Deputy General Secretary also commended the security personnel who helped in controlling unfortunate incidents at a number of league centers. Ampim Darko appealed Ghanaians to let the 2002 soccer season bring about a generation of tolerant sports fans who would do everything to avoid hooliganism in the years to come.

Ampim-Darko commended league champions, Accra Hearts of Oak, for retaining the league trophy for the sixth time in a row in the history of Ghana soccer. He said the achievement by the champion club is an enviable feat which is yet to be achieved in the history of Ghana soccer.

He urged clubs which have been relegated to the lower division to remain firm in their quest to stage a come back to the premier division in the near future.

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