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Category: Local Sports Created on Wednesday, 01 February 2012 20:24 Published Date Written by GNA Hits: 263
Sunyani (B/A) Feb. 1, GNA – Kintampo Sharp Arrows, a First Division football club in the Brong-Ahafo Region failed to report for their maiden 2011/2012 MTN Football Association (FA) Cup championship match against Premier League Club Accra Hearts of Oak at Sunyani Coronation Park on Monday.
The appointed referees, led by J. K. Manu of Kumasi, officials and the playing body of Hearts turned up at the Coronation Park for the necessary inspection and other pre-match formalities around 1100 hours that day but conspicuously absent was the Kintampo team.
In an interview with GNA Sports in Sunyani on Tuesday, Mr. Augustine Asante, Chairman of the Brong-Ahafo Regional Football Association, (BARFA) explained that as at Friday January 27, he knew both teams had agreed in principle to honour the match.
Mr Asante said earlier officials of Arrows, like the other participating teams, agreed on the FA Committee’s terms for the payment of the participating fees for all the 64 qualified teams for the knock-out competition.
He indicated that each participating team was to receive an enticement fee of GHC1600 and another GHC1600 for jerseys, as well as money for transportation, feeding, accommodation and other over-head expenses.
Mr Asante said by 1100 hours on Monday, officials of Hearts of Oak were present for the pre-match conference while Mohammed Soiree and Charles Gyamfi, both based in Sunyani, represented Sharp Arrows.
The BARFA Chairman added that after the pre-match conference, Stephen Gyamfi and two others from the camp of Sharp Arrows arrived in Sunyani in connection for the match but without the players of the Club.
He said Gyamfi asked him about the monies and other enticement fees promised by the FA Cup Committee but he the Chairman told him his outfit had not yet received any of the promises.
"I advised Gyamfi and his two colleagues to endeavour to arrange for the players to report for the match, but the latter insisted that Arrows would not honour the match unless the Committee’s promises were fulfilled immediately, Mr Asante told the GNA Sports.
He said when it was time for the commencement of the match players of Hearts were present for the inspection of teams and other formalities but the players of Kintampo Sharp Arrows had not reported for the match.
After waiting for sometime without any sign of players of Arrows being present for the match, Referee Manu, accompanied by his assistants blew the whistle to call off the match.
In order to avoid any hostilities for a refund of monies to the spectators, Mr Asante said he quickly instructed the gate-keepers not to sell tickets for match and because of of that they did not encounter any problems Mr.Asante added.
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