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02.08.2004 Football News

Premier clubs get busy on Wednesday

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Accra, Aug. 2, GNA - Ghana's premier players, most of whom were declared temporarily "redundant" following the suspension of the league, would have the opportunity of putting their talents to good use beginning this Wednesday in the GHALCA Special knock-out competition.

The Premier league was put on hold by the Professional League Board (PLB) due to a jammed soccer calendar including the participation of the Black Meteors in this year's Olympics Games, which kick-starts in Athens in a fortnight's time. And its re-start, which remains the main employment of the local players, is contingent on how far the Meteors progress in the competition.

Subsequently, the Ghana League Clubs Association (GHALCA) decided to organise the special knockout to keep the teams busy and to raise funds to meet their huge overhead cost. Four clubs - Accra Hearts of Oak, Kumasi Asante Kotoko, King Faisal and Liberty Professionals - who participated in the last GHALCA Top Four competition were seeded in a live television draw held on national TV, GTV which is the main sponsor for the matches.

According to the fixtures released to the GNA Sports, Hearts of Oak begin their quest for honours on a crunch note with a clash against Obuasi AshantiGold at the Accra Sports Stadium.

In a seemingly contrasting version to the Hearts-AshnatiGold game, Kotoko are likely to start on an easy note when they face Bofoakwa Tano at the Kumasi Sports Stadium. Also coming up on Wednesday are Brong Ahafo United versus Real Sportive at the Sunyani Coronation Park with Feyenoord locking horns with Accra Great Olympics at the Cape Coast Siwdu Park. Sekondi Hasaacas welcome King Faisal to the Gyandu Park, Power FC clash with Okwawu United at the El-Wak Sports Stadium, Real Tamale United (RTU) battle Heart of Lions at the Bolgatanga Park while Liberty Professionals trek to Berekum as guest of Arsenals.

Meanwhile, GHALCA has asked all radio stations interested in running commentaries to contact the management of Ghana Broadcasting Corporation to finalise the necessary contractual agreements. A statement issued on Monday said holders of complimentary cards would not be allowed access to the match venues.

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