The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bechem Chelsea, Mr. Obed Nana Nketiah a.k.a Nana Kwame has dismissed suggestions that the Glo Premier League match between Chelsea and Kessben which ended abruptly at the Abrankese Stadium on February 28, 2010 should be replayed.
According to him, there was no way anybody could call for a replay of that match since all evidence point to the fact that it was Kessben fans that brought the match to an a abrupt end, after they pelted Accra-based referee Silas Okine with satchet water.
Referee Okine who had to seek medical attention could not return for the second half of the game thereby bringing the match to an abrupt end.
“Based on this fact there is no way the Premier League Board(PLB) can order a replay of that match”, he said.
Nana Kwame who dismissed the suggestions in an intervieww with the Graphic Sports at Berekum over the weekend said Chelsea had already sent a protest and was waiting for the response.
The CEO of Bechem Chelsea quoted the Ghana Football Association(GFA) Regulations Article 34 1D and E which stated that “a team, player or supporters of a team intimidate, an act responsible for the abrupt end of a match, the team would lose the points”.
He said Article 34, 5A of the GFA regualtions indicated that Chelsea should be rewarded with the three points and three goals since it was Kessben fans that caused the abrupt end of the match.
Nana Kwame therefore reiterated that with these facts established, there was no need for a replay, adding that the GFA regulations have not changed.
Throwing some light on the incident that led to the abrupt end of the match, the Bechem CEO said it was the technical handlers of Kessben who rushed on the referee who showed Kessben’s goalkeeper’s trainer, Sampson Ampiah, the red card and that led to the throwing of all kinds of objects including sachet water.
Touching on the change of venue for their home matches from the Sunyani Coronation Park to the Berekum Golden City Park, Nana Kwame said it has turned the fortune of the team around, adding that ever since the team started using the Golden City Park as its home gate proceeds had increased tremendously compared with the days when they were played at Sunyani.
He was upbeat that Chelsea would place a respectable position on the Premier League ladder at the end of the competition and urged the supporters to rally behind the team to ensure that the team survive the premiership.