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Soccer News Fri, 8 Mar 2002

Premier League player registration begins

The registration of players for this season’s premier league took off at the Ghana Football Association on Thursday. The registration exercise, aimed at ensuring status and eligibility of players featuring in the premiership, is expected to progress till the end of the first round of this seasons Premier League.

According to the Professional League Board, all clubs featuring in the elite division are required to deposit their contracts and release letters and card A of their respective players with the FA for endorsement.

Meanwhile, there are mounting speculations that quite a substantial number of players are likely to change clubs this season. Already, some prominent ones have begun flirting with clubs, which have apparently been able to satisfy their conditions of service to win their confidence to play for them.

Notable among the players who have made their intention to cross carpet to other clubs clear is Nana Arhin Duah, a prolific forward of Obuasi Goldfields who has already featured in some off-season matches for Kotoko. But negotiations on the actual cost of the player are still ongoing as both Goldfields and Kotoko are yet to agree on a definite amount that could lead to the release of his card A to the Porcupine Warriors.

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While Berekum Arsenals playmaker, John Paintsil, is said to have completed negotiations with Liberty Professionals, another Goldfields prodigy, Princeton Owusu Ansah, is believed to be packing his bag and baggage to Accra to play for league champions, Hearts of Oak.

Obviously, Hearts are set to lose the services of their two key strikers, Emmanuel Osei Kuffour and goal poacher Ishmael Addo. Addo has just started playing for his new French club, Bastia, while Kuffour is still in the process of securing a new offer in far away China.

Source: Graphic Sports
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