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22.07.2004 Football News

Chase Ben Koufie For Your ¢850m - Nyaho to Kotoko

By Soccer Express

Ghana Football Association Chairman, Dr. Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe has irked supporters of Kumasi Asante Kotoko following a statement on a Kumasi radio station that Kotoko would have to chase his predecessor, Ben Koufie if they want to retrieve the 850 million cedis they paid to Accra Hearts of Oak for the services of mercurial Charles Taylor.

Angry supporters of the club who called into the radio programme after hearing the comments of the FA capo suggested that he abandons all programmes initiated by the past administration if he was not interested in carrying out the directive to retrieve the disputed funds from Accra Hearts of Oak.

Speaking on arguably Ashanti Region's number one radio station, Fox FM Tamakloe who was answering questions on a wide range of issues did not mince words when he asked Kotoko to 'hold Ben Koufie's tail for the money.'

Brash-speaking Nyaho-Tamakloe did not end there. He expressed his disgust at the insinuation by sections of the media and Kotoko Circles that he had cautioned Cameroonian referee Raphael Evehe Divine who handled the Kotoko Champions League match against USM of Algiers in Kumasi not to allow himself to be compromised by Kotoko.

Describing the accusations which originally emanated from the Greater Accra Regional Circles, as 'rubbish' Nyaho-Tamakloe warned purveyors of such stories that he would deal ruthlessly with them if they continue to perpetuate such falsehood about him.

The FA boss said he had never met any Cameroonian in his life, let alone referee Divine and his assistants.

Touching on the poor level of refereeing on the continent, the FA Chairman said his administration will not hesitate to rope in the security agencies a la the South African example if credible information on match-fixing are brought to the association's attention. He stated that the FA was watching officiating very closely and warned that the law will deal with any persons who are implicated in match fixing.

Nyaho-Tamakloe disclosed that the Meteors are in high spirits in Portugal where they are camping ahead of the Olympic Games in Athens next month and said he was confident that they would do well at the Olympics. He noted though many are sceptical about the Under-23 side's chances at the Games, he and his aides would tackle the tournament in the same able manner they handled the bid to host the 2008 African Cup of Nations.

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