Astute Football Administrator Kofi Manu Gives Verdict On Hearts Protest
Experienced Football Administrator, Kofi Manu has given his verdict on Hearts of Oak protest against Accra Great Olympics.
The Mantse derby was ended in1-1 stalemate with goals from Emmanuel Nettey and Samuel Abbey Ashequaye, but the Phobians believe that their regional rivals fielded an unqualified player.
Article 33 of the 2019 Ghana Football Association Premier League Regulations clearly states that a team commits an offence punishable by forfeiture of a match where that team fields an unqualified player.
Commenting on the protest on Opemsuo 104.7 fm evening Sports, Pramaso, Kofi Manu who has distinguished himself in the laws governing football indicated that the Oldest Football club in the country have no case that help them to secure the points.
“Great Olympics cannot be held responsible regarding Hearts of Oak protest if what I heard is true. They should find a serene place to sleep to strategise for the rest of the matches left in the League.”
He continued, “The current player transfer system is such that you cannot register a player unlawfully because the data of every is at the FIFA IT Central system.”
“Another reason is that, Olympics did not register the player straight away. He was with a second division side before he joined Olympics, meaning his information was in the system already, so, how do you hold Olympics responsible for this,” he quizzed.
If the protest succeeds, the offending team (Great Olympics) shall be considered as having lost the match and accordingly, three (3) points and three (3) goals shall be awarded in favour of Accra Hearts of Oak.
Hearts are join-top with sworn rivals Asante Kotoko on 50 points with six matches to end the season.
They are followed closely by Medeama on 46 points and Great Olympics in fourth on 45 points.
Source: Opemsuo.com / Sasu Danquah.