07.04.2004 Football News

Neoplan Stars complain about relegation blues

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Accra, April 7, GNA - The Management of Neoplan Stars Football Club, a division one team based in Kumasi has reacted angrily to a publication in the Graphic Sports of April 6 to the effect that the club has been relegated to division two.

A statement signed by Abbey Pobee, Chairman of the club and copied to the GNA Sports, drew attention of the Division One League (DOL) Board that the club did not finish last on the Zone (two) 2A table but rather it was Great Ashantis that occupied the last spot.

The statement further drew attention of the Management Board of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) that Kumasi Cornerstone also lodged a protest against Ashantis for fielding an unqualified player, which they won and the decision was upheld at the Appeals Committee of the GFA. It said Great Ashantis, thence lost the points in the said match and consequently had three more points deducted from their points build up. The statement said the points won by Cornerstone from the protest catapulted them to a play off position which ensured enabled them to participate in last year's Middle League.

It continued that Great Ashantis in their desperation to avoid relegation also lodged a protest against Great Adansiman which they lost and continued the protest at the Appeals Committee but lost again. The management of Neoplan Stars said they are therefore asking the DOL Board and the GFA to check the league table for Zone 2A since they accumulated seven points whilst Ashantis had six points at the end of the season.

The statement asked the GFA to rectify the anomaly accordingly to ensure justice and fair play.

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