Fans of Accra Hearts of Oak called on the organisers of the 2017 FA Cup to bring foreign referees to officiate their game against arch rival’s Kumasi Asante Kotoko on October 29 at the Tamale Sports Stadium.
The organisers of the tourney met up with the supporters executives of Accra Hearts of Oak today and made them aware that Ghanaian referees will officiate the much anticipated game and there’s no place for a foreign referee in a meeting which lasted for almost two hours.
Accra Hearts of Oak are bent on outwitting their rivals in the final for the first time, with the last meeting in 1990 ending in favor of the Porcupines.
The fans of Hearts of Oak in a bid to ensure their team carry the coveted trophy are seeking foreign officials to officiate the game, but the committee handling the competitions won’t give in.
The Chairman of the FA Cup Committee, Mr. Kurt Okraku said after the meeting debunked notion of any plan to call on foreign officials to officiate the game.
“Foreign referees will not be brought to handle the game, we believe we have good referees in Ghana and the committee is not ready for expatriate referees as it stands now.” Kurt ES Okraku the Chairman of the MTN FACC stated.
“The right thing will be done, but yet still if Hearts of Oak supporters insist they need expatriate officials, then it will be beyond our power and so therefore they must write officially to the FA.”
Hearts and Kotoko will play in this year’s MTN FA Cup finals with the winner adding to the trophy a ticket to represent Ghana in the 2017-18 CAF Confederations Cup.
The organisers will meet Kumasi Asante Kotoko supporters later on before the final which is some three weeks away.