Division One League chairman unhappy over delays of cases

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DIVISION One League (DOL) boss, Owoahene Acheampong, has expressed indignation over delays in the delivery of judgments in cases brought before the Ghana Football Association (GFA).
According to the former management committee member of the FA, the delays in giving judgment on cases filed by clubs do not only create chaos but affirm the adage that “justice delayed is justice denied.”
Consequently, he has challenged the GFA to uphold its regulations and implement them to the letter, believing that will force the FA’s judicial bodies to speed up judgment to avoid some of the controversies that arises out of the unnecessary delays.
Addressing guests at the maiden GN Bank/DOL Awards Night held on Saturday, Mr. Acheampong referred the FA to its last Ordinary Congress at Prampram where amendments were made to some of its regulations and among which is Article 37 (10)a.
The said Article 37 (10. a) stipulates that: “After the periods set for filing of the statement of defence, the Disciplinary Committee shall consider all statements by the parties and deliver its judgment within five days after the last day of filing of statement of defence.”
The 2014/15 season-ending has been plagued with controversies as two of the qualifying DOL clubs – Techiman City, Dreams FC and others are embroiled in litigation over player eligibility, while Accra Hearts of Oak also contest Kumasi Asante Kotoko over points deducted and re-awarded by the Disciplinary and Appeals Committees.
Though the outcome of the Hearts-Kotoko tango would have little effect on the two clubs, that of the DOL clubs could have dire consequences that could stretch the delay of the new season.
According to the DOL boss, timely judgment will help curb the feud between clubs and the judicial bodies and present a controversy-free league.
Apart from the trouble with the FA’s justice system, Mr. Acheampong mentioned financial, infrastructure, security, equipment and crowd violence as some of the challenges the DOL faces.
Giving statistics on the just-ended season, he said, a total of 676 matches were played out of which a total of 1,631 goals were scored.
Breaking the figure down, he said Zone 1 netted 533 goals from 196 matches, Zone 2 netted 603 goals from 240 matches with Zone 3 scoring 495 from 240 matches.
The match deficit in Zone 1, he explained, was occasioned by Wa Africa United that pulled out of the competition.

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