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20.09.2004 Sports News

PSI on football ?

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Takoradi, Sept. 20 GNA - Mr. Lee Yankey, Chairman of the Western Regional Match Commissioners Association on Sunday said a Presidential Special Initiative (PSI) on football development could ensure the country's qualification and participation in future World Cup competitions.
He said the Initiative would facilitate the provision of modern sporting equipments and other incentive packages to boost the moral of the players and officials to ensure a high level of performance by the players.
Mr. Yankey said these at the close of a three-day refresher course for 53 members of the Western Regional Referees Association of Ghana (RAG) at Takoradi.
He said the timely release of funds for the payment of referees' officiating fees and other allowances if addressed could reduce the temptation of bribe taking and bad officiating during matches. Police Chief Inspector James K. Adjei, the Regional Chairman of RAG expressed concern that disputes between some clubs and the Ghana Football Association (GFA) was causing unnecessary delays and unease in the various football events in the country.
He said the frequent expulsions and withdrawal of services of coaches at all levels should also be tackled seriously.
Mr. Adjei advised referees to work hard, remain united and firm in their officiating of matches so as not to bring it into disrepute. "It is dangerous to allow team officials and other personalities to influence your officiating since any disgrace affects the entire association", he added.
Mr. Samuel K. Antwi and Mr. Joseph Wellington, both members of the GFA Referee Appointments Committee, were the resource persons for the course.
They advised referees to be bold, firm and fair and avoid acts that could jeopardise their career.
12 new referees including two women were accepted and inducted into office at the ceremony.
They include Theresa Barimansu and Sarah Boah.

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