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Breaking News: Ghana FA in state of "coma" as Elmina Sharks is latest Premier League club to field unqualified player, set to lose FOUR points

Published on: 20 March 2020
Breaking News: Ghana FA in state of "coma" as Elmina Sharks is latest Premier League club to field unqualified player, set to lose FOUR points
Benjamin Boateng celebrating with colleagues

The growing crisis that has crippled the Ghana Football Association has heightened after a whistleblower revealed again on Friday that Elmina Sharks also fielded an unqualified player during a Premier League match against giants Hearts of Oak last month to bring the number of high-profile cases to four so far.

It has been revealed that striker Benjamin Bernard Boateng was ineligible to feature in the side's 1-1 stalemate against the Phobians in Accra.

The club's top scorer received his first caution against King Faisal on Match Day -6 on January 25, received his second caution against Medeama in Tarkwa on Match Day-10 on February 16.

He was also booked in the side's before 1-0 win over Ebusua Dwarfs in the derby at the Nduom Sports Stadium on Wednesday February 19 which means he was ineligible to feature against Hearts of Oak on match-Day-12.

The striker sat out in their FA Cup win over Swedru All Blacks on February 23 and returned to feature against the capital giants on March 1, 2020.

This brings to four the number of top Premier League clubs who have flouted the new regulation of the Ghana Football Association.

Hearts of Oak, Techiman Eleven Wonders have followed Medeama as clubs to have being caught in the web.

The integrity of the federation is on the line as it is required to implement its whistleblower laws to deduct the six points from the club over a contentious new law.

This is the fourth club to have been revealed to have played an unqualified player after Medeama were docked six points while Hearts of Oak, Wonders are facing the same sanction for the same offence.

By the new regulation of the federation, the GFA is bound by it's own laws to implement the report of a whistleblower which means it must act on the report to deduct Eleven Wonders SIX POINTS for fielding an unqualified player.

This is another massive test case for the Ghana FA after the association docked league leaders Medeama six points for the same offence in a protest filed by Great Olympics.

While Hearts may have not filed a protest against the the Elmina-based side, the Ghana FA is now faced with the difficult decision to knock off points from the Fearsome Sharks side following the revelation by the whistleblower as indicated by it's own law.

The decision to award boardroom points to Great Olympics has ruffed feathers and sparked a wave of criticism, opening the FA up for widespread attacks.

Medeama have been docked six points for fielding an unqualified Nana Kofi Babil - who served his three match ban in the league after sitting out of the FA Cup tie against Karela United.

It's now emerging several clubs are unaware of the law they claim was 'smuggled' in as the amended regulation was done by the Executive Council, setting the tone for long legal battles to further derail the league that has been halted by CoronaVirus.

The Ghana FA appears to have little choice to act against Elmina Sharks for a similar infraction of the law. Failure to do so will show that favouritism is the order of the day.

This situation is likely to throw the season into further chaos with a litany of legal battles looming.

While Article 23(5) A & 25 (1) of the GFA statutes accords congress with the supreme and legislative authority and power, it appears Article 39(K) of the amended statutes has vested parallel legislative authority on the Executive Council - a situation which has divided opinions in the West African nation.

The new article appears to be a clear departure and a practice in contradiction to the status quo.

Critics says the new stipulation appears to elevate the Executive Council to the level of congress for no apparent reason as many football aficionados have vowed to ensure the authority of congress is jealously guarded.

 

 

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