Dreams Football Club Chief Executive Officer, Kurt Okraku is optimistic his club will compete in the Ghana Premier League despite Tema Youth threatening all round their neck with legal suits to have their qualification to the league nullified.
Tema Youth filed a case against Dreams FC for fielding Cudjoe Mensah, a player alleged to have registered for two clubs different clubs in two different league divisions with different names [Cudjoe Mensah and Daniel Gozar respectively] using different date of births in the 2013-2014 football season.
The Disciplinary Committee of the Ghana Football Association after gathering all evidence found the player guilty and slapped a year ban on the player, but failed to punish Dreams FC for using an unqualified player.
The DC decision did not go down well with Tema Youth and they have turned to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Switzerland after appeal and review failed to yield fruits.
Wilfred Osei Palmer has confirmed sending the case to the highest sports dispute resolution body.
‘I have sent the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. I sent it by courier and I believe the truth shall come out concerning our case against Dreams FC.
‘The Transfer Matching System (TMS) contains information about every player in the league and is enough evidence to declare that the player was ineligible and for that the club should also face the consequence.”
But Kurt Okraku is not perturbed and says Dreams FC were the best club in the zone and will be competitive when the new season begins.
“I am a football man. The case came to a dead end after the review committee’s ruling. Amidaus Professionals issue is totally different from what Tema Youth filed and this distinction must be very clear,” Kurt Okraku told Joy FM.
“Dreams FC played in a 30 week league competition and led the table for 29 weeks: We are the undisputed champions of the zone, we are the strongest team of the zone, no question about the zone, we are the best club of the zone.
“This must be very clear and therefore we’re happy that we are in the premier league and we are going to be very, very competitive in the league.”
The ongoing legal battle will delay the league as the initial 20 December set date for the competition is in doubt.
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