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GHALCA tourney is illegal- Ghana FA

Published on: 27 August 2011 understands that the novelty eight-team pre-season tournament put together by the League Clubs Association has not been sanctioned by the Football Association.

Only the GHALCA Top 4 tournament is recognized by the Ghana FA statues which deal with approved competitions.

This year's inaugural competition has not been approved by Congress, the highest decision making body in Ghana Football.

The other option would be the Executive Committee granting express approval but can authoritatively confirm that has not been done.

"The competition first and fo­­remost has not been sanctioned by the GFA,'' a highly placed GFA source revealed to

"We have behind the scenes made organizers aware of this illegality so I don’t know why they are still pushing ahead with it."

This means, any disciplinary issue which emerges from the competition cannot be referred to the Ghana FA for adjudication.

It also means aggrieved parties can resort to the ordinary courts without being expelled according to Ghana FA's statutes.

Even more importantly, the competition and all other associated events are very much liable to an injunction.

The maiden event which would be launched on Saturday 27 August has come under immense criticisms with many believing the extension from four to eight teams is too sudden.

This led to the withdrawal of giants Kotoko and Hearts even though attractive sponsorship packages were presented to them.

As it stands now, Berekum Chelsea, AshantiGold, Medeama, Aduana Stars and Liberty Professionals will feature in the competition.

New Edubiase, Heart of Lions plus FA Cup winners, Nania FC will also compete in the pre-season tournament begin on 4 September.

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