Berekum Chelsea threaten to boycott league

Berekum Chelsea have threatened to boycott the First Capital Plus Premier League over the decision of the Disciplinary Committee to declare them losers of 4 league matches due to their inability to settle debt owed to West African Football Academy (WAFA).

The Player Status Committee following their sitting on the transfer of Solomon Asante from Berekum Chelsea to T.P Mazembe ruled that the Brong Ahafo outfit needed to pay the former club of the Black Stars winger, WAFA an additional money, because they under-declared the transfer fee that enabled him to join the Congolese giant.

The GFA General Secretary, as a reminder wrote to the 2011 Ghana champions in 2015 setting the time limit of 14 days after which failure to make the payment would lead to points deduction.

However, Berekum Chelsea and WAFA signed a memorandum of understanding to allow the former settle the debt at their pace and also sent a copy of that agreement to the Ghana FA.

Asante Kotoko after their week 9 game with Berekum Chelsea, which ended one all, filed a protest to be declared winners of that game because Berekum Chelsea hadn’t settle the debt owed to WAFA.

Although the Disciplinary Committee threw out the protest filed by the league champions, they carried on with the points the deduction, arguing that Berekum Chelsea automatically lose all the points accumulated from match day 8 to match day 11, unless they make full payment of debts owed to WAFA.

The Chief Executive of Chelsea, Obed Nana Kwame Nketia is optimistic the Disciplinary Committee has no bases to declare them losers of league matches played starting from Gt. Olympics, because they signed an undertaken with WAFA to settle the debt.

And has stressed that his club would opt out of the Ghana Premier League should their appeal against the Disciplinary Committee fail, due to the fact that there are a lot of precedence.

“I don’t understand why the Disciplinary Committee has decided to deduct our points, because we followed all the due process by signing an MOU with WAFA and left a copy with the GFA,” he said.

“They waited until Kotoko filed a protest against us and even here their protest was squashed on the grounds that they quoted the wrong article, so why then should they go ahead to declare us losers.

“Even in real life after the law court has taken a decision on cases of money the parties involved can agree on the payment plan and get back to the law court.

“We believe the right thing was done, so if our appeal fails we will boycott the league.”