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23.12.2004 Football News

GFA urged to focus attention on rural teams

By GNA

Enchi (W/R) Dec. 23 GNA - Mr. Afari Koah, Chairman of Enchi-based FC Roma, a Division Two football club in the Western Region has appealed to the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to focus its attention on the development of rural teams to unearth football talents.

He said with adequate support from the GFA and other corporate bodies, such teams in the rural and deprived areas would be in a better position of developing the potential and creating great players for the Premier and the national teams as was the case in the "Good Old Days" of football before and after independence in the country.

Speaking to the GNA Sports at Enchi, Mr. Koah expressed concern about the long neglect of football clubs in the rural areas, which he said has not been in the interest of the enhancement of the game in the country. The Chairman said that running a football team was a very expensive venture that needed the constant assistance and technical support of the football administrators.

Mr. Koah also appealed to the Regional Football Association (RFA) to be fair and transparent to all clubs, alleging that his team was made to lose six points to Sekondi Soccer Wise Professionals without any tangible reason.

He also expressed concern about the bias of the RFA over the current league table that obviously favours Wise Professionals as it has been arranged for them to play three of their matches at their home base while FC Roma is made to honour three of its matches away and this he said does not portray fairness to the clubs.

Matches for this year's Division Two League which was supposed to start on December 12, rather took off on December 19, he added.

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