Ghana Premier League matchday 28 fixtures saw Great Olympics play 1-1 draw game against City rivals Accra Hearts of Oak at the Accra sports stadium on Sunday evening.
The results saw the Phobians drop two vital points, allowing arc rivals Kumasi Asante Kotoko who defeated AshantiGold SC earlier to level on points 50 with six matches to go
On Monday, it became official that Hearts of oak has filed a protest against Olympics for fielding an unqualified player
Article 33 of the 2019 Ghana Football Association Premier League Regulations clearly states that a team commits an offense punishable by forfeiture of a match where that team fields an unqualified player.
The league leaders are confident the player in question failed to complete processes to obtain legal certifications for a change in name before the transfer window closed
The player who now identifies himself as Joshua Kwame Rhule was christened, Mervyn Koomson, but has undergone a change of name on three different occasions – twice recognized in football.
Rhule played for Santos in the National First Division during the 2016/17 season, under the name Koomson Biney. He featured in seven games, for Santos failing to score or register any assist.
Rhule under the same name of ‘Koomson Biney’ went on to play in Benin’s first division, where he played as a midfielder for Dragons in the 2019/20 season. That season in Benin was however curtailed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The player was then signed by Accra Great Olympics during the second transfer window of the current Ghana Premier League season, as Joshua Kwame Rhule and registered with squad number, 39.
However we believe, Great Olympics cannot be held responsible for the protest. The current player transfer system is such that you cannot register a player unlawfully because the data of every player is at the FIFA IT Central system.
Again Olympics did not register the player straight away. Rhule was with a second division side Koforidua Suhyen sporting before he joined the Accra-based, meaning his information was in the system already so it is preposterous for Hearts to indict Olympics in this matter.
Without prejudice, We believe the protest
Is dead on arrival.