Spokesperson of Tema Youth Football Club, Collins Odoom has said they will go to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) if they do not get justice from the Appeals Committee.
Collins Odoom speaking on Kasapa FM’s Dwidwamu Sports Night with Adam Adjei expressed the club’s displeasure about the ruling by the Disciplinary Committee of the Ghana Football Association in the case involving Phar Rangers and the Ghana FA which outcome had a bearing on who picked the premiership ticket in the zone.
Tema Youth were hoping to stage a return to the Ghanaian top-flight but narrowly missed out in Zone three after Accra Lions finished top of the table with 65 points.
According to Odoom, the Disciplinary Committee of the Ghana FA applied article 13 differently in the cases involving Amidaus Professionals vs the Ghana FA and Phar Rangers vs the Ghana FA where both clubs were deemed to have withdrawn from the league and believe the Appeals Committee will remedy the situation.
The Appeals Committee in the case involving Amidaus Professionals vs the Ghana FA exercised its discretion in their decision not to award points to any club scheduled to play or played against the Tema-based club for their inability to start the league season due to their failure to register players.
The club later registered players during the second registration window and started playing matches but were later expelled by the GFA from the competition.
The Disciplinary Committee initially awarded points to all clubs scheduled to play against Amidaus Professionals per article 13(5) of the Division One League regulations but the Appeals Committee exercised its discretion to quash the decision of the DC and said no club in Zone three should be awarded points from the Amidaus Professionals case.
With the Amidaus FC vs the Ghana FA case as a precedent, Tema Youth were hoping for a similar outcome in the case involving Phar Rangers vs the Ghana FA but the Disciplinary Committee rather opted to apply article 13(5) and awarded points to clubs which were scheduled to play against the Akuapem-Mampong-based club.
They believe if the Disciplinary Committee had ruled just like in the case of Amidaus Professionals vs the Ghana FA , 6 points would have been deducted from Accra Lions with Tema Youth losing only 4 points which would have given the Harbour Boys the promotion ticket.
“We are looking for sanity and justice in the system and we will go as far as the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS). We feel we have been treated unfairly and some elements are making it seem so obvious that the GFA has issues with Tema Youth and to us this is selective justice,” he added.
Tema youth are not strangers at the Court of Arbitration for Sports, having won one case and lost one in their two previous cases at the body involving the Ghana Football Association.