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04.09.2003 Football News

Round one of Division One ends on weekend

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Accra, Sept 2, GNA - The round one of the national Division One League (DOL) will come to an end this week after seven weeks of action by the 47 clubs across the country on Saturday and Sunday at all the league centres.

All the clubs will be seeking to strengthen their position on the league table in a bid to come out of the relegation zone when the first round ends while the clubs at the top of their respective zones will also go all out to maintain their leads.

The zone 1A league will see Catholic Stars who are leading the zone with 12 points coming face to face with Jakpa Warriors at Bolgatanga, while Shooting Stars will take on Morin Stars at Nyankpala with bottom placed Nationals locking horns with Mighty Rocks at Bimbilla.

In zone 1B, Pro Sports will meet unimpressive Aston Villa at Berekum on Saturday with Upper West Heroes taking on Kintampo United who are placed on the second position with 11 points at Wa, while Bronkyempen battles with leaders from the bottom of the table, KWAMAX at Techiman and Topsymore sorting things out with league leaders, Boca Juniors, at Sunyani on Saturday.

Having hauled 12 point from four matches Gold Stars will welcome Krofrom FC at Bibiani, while Kaaseman take on Neoplan Stars at Offinso.

At the Kumasi Sports Stadium, Cornerstone will welcome Farisco Stars with Great Ashantis meeting Adansiman at the University of Education Campus, Kumasi to complete the zone 2A.

In zone 2B, leaders Feyenood will be at home to welcome Iron Fighters at Winneba, while Bafana Bafana battle Ebusua Dwarfs at Sekondi Gyandu Park on Saturday. Vipers will take on Eleven Wise at the Cape Coast Stadium while Fauzan FC lock horns with SAMARTEX at Kasoa.

At Oda, Fenhack FC will be at home to bottom placed Sportnet while Seven United will face a daunting task of beating leaders Midtjyland who have so far won four and drew two of their six matches at Tema Community Eight Park in the first two matches of Zone 3A.

In other zone 3A matches St. Mirren will meet Real Sportive at Indadfa Park, while Afienya United meet King Solomon at Tema.

In zone 3B, Great Mariners will meet Volta Warriors at Teshie with Home Stars taking on Oscar FC at Ho while Maxbees will at the Dawu Park to play VORA FC with Khalid FC and Deelorm playing at the Legon Park. The second round of the league is expected to continue without a break on September 13 at all the venues.

According to the Division League Board (DOL) the league table will not be reversed as clubs will start from the top again. DOL to expunge Nationals from league Accra, Sept 2, GNA - The Division One League Board is considering expunging Bimbilla based Nanumba Nationals from the Zone 1A of the ongoing division one league following their violation of the rules of the competition.

Mr Douglass Djarbeng, Chairman of the Board who disclosed this to the GNA Sports in an interview, said the club failed to honour a number of matches in the league, which is clear violation of the rules and regulation of the competition hence their impending action. He said the club has failed to report for three matches including home matches leaving visiting teams and match officials stranded at the venue.

Mr Djarbeng said by the rules guiding the competition they must be sent out of the league; hence the board has made recommendations to the Ghana Football Association (GFA) for the action to be taken. The DOL chairman condemned the attitude of the club and expressed the hope that the GFA will take the appropriate action on them to deter others from engaging in such practices.

Mr. Djarbeng said aside their failure to report for matches the club is among clubs who have lost points as a result of their failure to pay officiating fees before the commencement of the league. He said clubs such as Morin Stars, Shooting Stars and Mighty Rocks paid their officiating fees four weeks after the start of the league while Nationals have still not paid.

Mr Djarbeng said " as a result such clubs were declared losers in their respective matches".

Nanumba Nationals are currently placed at the bottom of zone 1A, having conceded 15 goals without scoring a single goal and with no point.

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