Division One League (DOL) side in the Central Region, Elmina Sharks F/C, has complained bitterly about what it describes as continuous poor officiating in the on-going matches in their zone.

That, according to the club, is hampering its chances of qualifying to the Middle League and consequently to the Premiership.

?The rate of bribery and corruption in Zone 2B of the DOL is alarming and disgraceful to football in the country,? the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the club, Mr. Richmond Joseph Arthur, told Today in an interview.

?In our mid-week match against Brighten Stars at Mankessim in the Central Region last week, a penalty was awarded against us and two of our players were red-carded. However, we managed to get a draw,? he cited to buttress his point.

According to the PRO, in their away matches supporters of the opposing teams always intimidate them, adding that referees who officiate in the Zone 2B matches determine the results even before the matches are played.

He revealed that apart from the bias officiating, match fixing was also a major challenge.

?Some team managers sell out their matches to others so that they can get money to run their own. That bad attitude is giving some teams an edge over us,? he disclosed.

The PRO went on to say that authorities of the DOL have done nothing about the several protests Elmina Sharks has lodged to them.

Another challenge, Mr. Arthur disclosed, was the lack of a home pitch for Elmina Sharks.

That, he said, was also affecting the team?s performance as they always play their home matches at Cape Coast.

?It is like playing home-away from home when we play our matches at Cape Coast. Our supporters are unable to follow us to Cape Coast. We appeal to the board that even if a stadium cannot be built for us now, at least a good pitch with an inner perimeter should be constructed in the interim,? Mr. Arthur suggested.

Mr. Arthur was however hopeful that the team would be able to qualify for the Middle League and eventually to the Premier League next season.

?We would join Hasaacas who have already qualified for the Middle League from our zone,? he assured.

He also indicated that there are no serious injuries in camp and that all the players are fit to play in their last match against Ajax FC of Sekondi.

?So far as player motivation is concerned, we [Elmina Sharks] are the best motivated DOL team in the country. Salaries and winning bonuses are always paid on time.

?I commend Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom and the team?s board for that,? he noted.

STORY: PHILIP KUMI

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