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Okwawu United: Officiating our bane in securing topflight promotion

Division One League side Okwawu United say poor level of officiating, among others, in the second tier has been a stumbling block to their hopes of making a return to the Ghana Premier league.

The “Asase aban” lads are currently fourth in Zone 3 of the second tier, behind Great Olympics, Okyeman Planners and Heart of Lions.

The team, nonetheless, is enjoying an impressive run in the 2016 MTN FA Cup, having made it to the finals after defeating top division outfit Liberty Professionals on Sunday.

“The issue is that when for instance you get to a Division One League on a matchday, there will be only one journalist or media personnel covering the game,” club public relations officer Dennis Acheampong explained to Footy-Ghana’s Afia Acheampong.

“Most of the time, you see the referee handle the game how they want it but if you come to the Premier or the FA Cup, the publicity is high – like what happened at the Baba Yara Stadium [on Sunday].

“More than 200 journalists were there so the referees will perform very very well but it’s not like that in the Division One League.

“Also in the previous years, we were having problems with finances.”

Okwawu play Bechem United in the FA Cup final at the Cape Coast Stadium on September 4.

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