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GHALCA Will Plead Sports Ministry To Sanction Kotoko vs Hearts - FIANOO


GHALCA top 8 group B second placed Hearts of Oak will play group A toppers Asante Kotoko at the Baba Yara sports stadium as per the tournament schedule, on Wednesday   January 17, 2018.

However, the fixture between the two teams have been barred from being played on a Wednesday by the Okudzeto Commission as part of recommendations made after the May 9 stadium disaster in Accra involving a league match between the two back in 2001.

Responding to the situation, GHALCA chairman Cudjoe Fianoo has stated that his outfit would meet with the sports ministry and other powers that be to plead for permission to allow the match to be played on Wednesday. Mindful of the commission's recommendations, Fianoo is hopeful that their (GHALCA) plea would be given a favourable consideration since the match will be played between the hours of 15 hours GMT and 17 hours GMT other than under flood lights.

"We will be talking to the (sports) ministry, but we feel that that May 9 issue happened at night, so if we start at 15:00 GMT am sure we would have finished before night and is a matter of beefing up security", Fianoo told FOX 97.9 FM.

Cudjoe Fianoo however maintained that GHALCA is also law abiding body and would go by what the superior authority say. " We are also law abiding citizens and will talk it over with the NSA boss and the ministry then they will tell us what to do, if they agree that we should play on Wednesday at 15:00 GMT why not, we will start at 15:00 GMT and finish by 17:00 GMT", he said.

For the records, over 126 souls were lost on Wednesday May 9, 2001 when a league match played under flood lights between Hearts of Oak and Kotoko in Accra resulted in serious stampede after supporters grew out of patience with the performance of centre referee Wilson Sey. In attempt to control the crowd, the police threw tear gas into the air ,resulting in suffocation that worsened the situation. Government later formed the Okudzeto Commission to find out the causes and make recommendations to prevent recurrence, which led to the barring of matches between Kotoko and Hearts from being played on a Wednesday.


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