By James K. Attaglo Wilson| email@example.com
The sudden impasse between Division One League Cubs [DOLC] and the FA Cup Committee [FACC] seem not to end anytime soon as the DOLC has called on the latter to suspend the preliminary round matches until their plea is resolved.
Representative of Division One League Clubs held a meeting with the Chairman of the Ghana League Clubs Association and a representative of the FA Cup Committee yesterday in an attempt to mitigate on the ‘confusion’ that has arisen out of the 2019/2020 MTN FA Cup competition but a resolution could not be met in the end as both parties stood oceans apart.
According to the representatives of the DOLC, the GHC1000 appearance fee being paid to the clubs is woefully inadequate. The clubs also questioned the disbursement plan and how the sponsorship package was to be actualized.
The Division One League Club reps did not, however, dispute the figure on GHc 800k and 310k as per the FA communiqué.
The FA Cup Committee rep appealed to the members honour the matches whilst their grievances were addressed.
The FACC drew the attention of the DOLC of the likely sanctions they may face should they refuse to honour their games, saying that it was too late in the day to suspend the fixtures and that some DOL teams had already honored the fixtures. That is, the match between Accra Lions and Vision FC which was underway whiles the meeting was in section.
GHALCA as the umbrella body of the clubs also called for postponement of the preliminary fixtures for broader consultation to be done possibly within the week.
Meanwhile, the clubs are demanding for a consultative meeting with the Executive Committee, the General Secretary and clubs.
The DOLC reps maintained that they respect the sanctity of the competition but were unhappy about the lack of transparency concerning the FA Cup, hence their call for the full disclosure of disbursement plan for the entire sponsorship package from the preliminary round to the finals not excluding what was due the clubs from the Startimes Media Rights with regards to the FA Cup.