Hearts turned away from Swedru Stadium

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Accra Hearts of Oak are fuming with rage following government's decision to deny them access to the Swedru Stadium for their friendly game against Swedru All Blacks today.

Both teams were hoping to use the holiday to engage in a warm up game after government halted all Ghana Football Association (GFA) organised competitions only to be told last Saturday that the facility would not be made available for their game.

Administration manager of the club, Hackman Aidoo who disclosed this to the Graphic Sports last Saturday, was irked by the latest decision since the ban on football activities did not extend to friendly matches.

"I know the government wants to restructure things to revive football in the country, but it doesn’t mean when there is a ban on GFA-organised matches, individual clubs cannot play football again," the bemused administrative manager said.

In his frustration, he explained further, that although the facilities belonged to the state, it was improper to deny any team access for friendly matches since that could not fall under the category of competitions that the government had temporarily banned.

"We were preparing to play a friendly game with Swedru All Blacks on Monday only to receive a call from management of the facility telling us that we cannot use the stadium because of the ban on football activities by government" Hackman narrated.

He said they are really disappointed because the government must not stop clubs from playing friendly matches, as the people have the right to enjoy football in the absence of competitive football.

Meanwhile, attempts to reach management of the facility by Graphic Sports proved futile as they refused to answer their calls placed to them yesterday.