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Tema Youth heading to CAS after latest Ghana FA ruling on Accra Lions promotion

Wilfred Osei Kwaku Palmer , Tema Youth OwnerWilfred Osei Kwaku Palmer , Tema Youth Owner

Tema Youth will drag the Ghana Football Association to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) after the governing threw out a petition that seeks to validate the qualification of Accra Lions to the domestic top-flight next season, GHANAsoccernet.com Headquarters can confirm.

The Tema-based side will notify the global judicial chamber over the “biased” qualification of the ambitious Division One League side latest by Friday September 17, 2021, Ghana’s leading football portal, GHANAsoccernet.com can confirm.

Youth, bankrolled by outstanding former Executive Committee Council member Wilfred Osei Kwaku “Palmer” has vowed to follow the matter to its logical conclusion by filing a petition against the latest decision from the Ghana FA.

The club petitioned the Ghana Football Association seeking to annul the declaration of Accra Lions as winners of Zone 3.

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Accra Lions were crowned champions of Zone Three on the strength of their superior goals and head-to-head advantage over Tema Youth, despite both teams finishing the season with 65 points each.

However, Tema Youth are challenging the qualification of the Accra-based side, insisting the Appeals Committee of the Ghana FA misapplied Article 13 of the Division One League Regulations which hinge on withdrawal of clubs from competitions.

Youth say there was variations in award decision delivered by the judicial body involving Amidaus Professionals on May 7, 2021 and Phar Rangers on July 21, 2021.

But the FA has thrown away the petition in a ruling on Friday.

However, Tema Youth will test the case at the global tribunal in a bid to overturn the decision of the Ghana FA.

Tema Youth owned by former Ghana FA Executive Council member Wilfred Kwaku Osei “Palmer” wants the association to to synchronize the two award decisions involving Amidaus Professional case and Phar Rangers FC respectively.

It wants the GFA to use the May 7 Amidaus ruling as a precedent in the Phar Rangers case or strict application of article 13 (1-6) of the 2019 Division One League Regulations in both cases.

If the petition is successful, and the GFA rectifies all records of matches played and match statistics to reflect the true position of each club in zone 3, Tema Youth would be declared winners of the zone and qualify for the Ghana Premier League.

Tema Youth’s petition is built on what it sees as the misapplication of the rules in favour of Accra Lions by applying the same Article 13, which deals with the withdrawal of clubs from the DOL, differently in the cases of Amidaus Professionals and Phar Rangers respectively.

They argue that while the same committee ruled that all clubs who had already played Amidaus Professionals should forfeit their points following the club’s withdrawal from the league, it directed that clubs that were yet to play Phar Rangers should be credited with three points and three goals.

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