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‘Unknown’ Eric Opoku reveals plan to challenge Kwesi Nyantakyi for Ghana FA presidency  FIFA.com News

Eric Opoku

Eric Opoku

The fight to topple Kwesi Nyantakyi as Ghana Football Association president took another shock twist yesterday after a relatively unknown Eric Opoku announced he was standing for the post.

Opoku, a journalist and football administrator, mailed Ghana’s leading football website www.GHANASoccernet.com, on Friday claiming he has garnered the requisite knowledge to enhance the local game.

He claims his yet to be published book ‘ The Road to Football Palace, Ghana edition’ the football academic book outlines the way and how to develop the local game.

Opoku claims: “Local football the brand and base level of the Ghana Football Association has being in a depreciation and retrogressing. The Ghana league and the division one league are all in their bad states not to talk of the divisions two and three, new ideas and new strategies are needed to enhance these brands and the current GFA administration has no new ideas.

“Our local football has challenges which the current administration has no clue to solve it. Poor infrastructure, administrative lapses, lack professionalism, corruption allegations, lack of quality players, lack of cash investment and the empty stadium menace are all attributed to the inefficient administration of our football (ie, the GFA)

“Kwesi Nyantakyi has done a lot for the black stars which is a government product but his own product that is the local football, he has failed big time. With me and mine knowledge for the development for local football, I stand at pole position to develop the local game and empower the local clubs to raise the flag of Ghana high in CAF inter club competitions

“More on my journey to rescue Ghana football will be announced from next month, all who are interested in rescuing Ghana football are welcomed to join the battle. In a herculean task but wherever there is a will there is definitely a way.”

Opoku is reachable on 0504664923

 

Heart of Lions coach counting on ‘massive’ fans support to beat Medeama  FIFA.com News

Yusif Abubakar

Yusif Abubakar

Heart of Lions coach Yusif Abubakar urges the home fans to troop to the Kpando Park and supports their team to victory when they Medeama SC on Sunday.

Lions were beaten 1-0 last week on the road but were later awarded the points because of Berekum Chelsea’s indebtedness.

Medeama recorded a stroll-in-the-park 3-0 win over New Edubiase United at home but their winless form away dents their credentials.

Abubakar insists his side, with the backing of the fans, will bag the points.

“We are motivated to win this game because we failed to pick the three maximum points in our two previous games and we are determining to come back to winning ways,” Abubakar told GHANASoccernet.com

“Against Medeama it won’t be easy because they are a great club just as we are. We are fortunate to have the home fans behind us and that will be the difference.

“When the players see the fans singing and chanting, it urges them on and I want to call on the supporters far and near to fill every space at the Kpando sports stadium because we need them and we will give them a good game and a victory.”

Lions who sit second on the log table and are yet to concede a goal or loose at home.

Source: Eric Eli Adzie

 

Ghana League Clubs Association (GHALCA) divided over US$9,000 loan saga  FIFA.com News

GHALCA boss Alhaji Raji is under pressure

GHALCA boss Alhaji Raji is under pressure

Members of the Ghana League Clubs Association (GHALCA) are sharply divided over the $9,000 saga that has engulfed part of the leadership of the association.

There are some members who believe the revelations in the media by some members of the association’s Executive Council are ‘washing their dirty linen’ in public but there are others who strongly believe that everything must be exposed with a full investigation.

At the premises of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), the issue has raised heated debates as to what has to be done.

Some members last Wednesday told the Graphic Sports that they felt the issue after the initial revelation by the paper, should now be left for the association to deal with it internally, but there are others who strongly believe that the General Assembly should converge as a matter of urgency to find a solution to the problem.

“ There is no point making revelations in the media. After the initial revelation, the association must be left to handle the issue internally,” one of the members vehemently opposed to a continuous media reportage on the issue said.

“The perception out there is that everyone in football is there because there is some loose money to loot. It is therefore important to let the world know that once it is found out, it will be exposed.

“However, I think the Executive Council will have to convey an emergency meeting to find a way to get to the bottom of the matter,” he said.

While the members argue among themselves, the Graphic Sports has also learnt there is a proposed meeting with some imminent members of the association to mediate.

The paper has also learnt that the Executive Council members are waiting for the March 31 deadline with a two-day grace period for the chairman, Alhaji Ali Raji to refund the $9,000 as he promised at the first meeting.

About a fortnight ago, the Graphic Sports broke the news that the chairman, Alhaji Raji and the treasurer, George Amoako, had been asked to resign from their positions for contracting a $9,000 loan from the GFA without the knowledge of the other members and without the proper adminstrative procedure.

When confronted with the issue at a meeting, the chairman asked to be given the end of the month to refund the money, though he later said in an interview with the Graphic Sports that the money was paid to Enugu Rangers through an agent, Eric Oppong Yeboah.

Mr Amoako on his part, said he only played his official role as he had been misled to believe that the money was to defray part of a $30,000 indebtedness to Nigeria club side, Enugu Rangers for playing in the 2013 President’s Cup.

Enugu Rangers have also denied receiving any money from the association, insisting that Mr Oppon Yeboah was not their agent, but rather introduced to them by Alhaji Raji as a member of the Organising Committee of the President’s Cup.

Source: Graphic Sports

Bechem United fined GHc2000 for charging unauthorized gate fees against Kotoko  FIFA.com News

John Nyamekye of Bechem United.

John Nyamekye of Bechem United.

The GFA Disciplinary Committee has fined Bechem United an amount of GHc2,000 in the matter of using unauthorized gate fees when they hosted Asante Kotoko in a First Capital Plus Premier League match on 22nd March, 2015.

Bechem United was invited to the Disciplinary Committee to account for the reasons why they charged a gate fee which was unapproved by the Ghana Football Association in their First Capital Plus Premier League match against Asante Kotoko on Sunday, March 22, 2015 and to justify why it should not be sanctioned for the club’s usurpation of the Premier League Board and the Ghana Football Association control over ticketing in premier league matches contrary to 68(4)(2) of the GFA Statutes.

DEFENCE

Bechem United in its oral evidence pleaded guilty to the misconduct and pleaded for leniency. Bechem United explained that in order to control the number of person’s admitted to the VIP, they planned to charge Twenty Ghana Cedis (GHc20) as the fees for the VIP stand to which they sent verbal communication to the GFA indicating that the club is sending the request for price changes letter to the GFA in due course.

Bechem United stated further that due to the pressures of work during the week of the big match the Club’s Administrative Assistant forgot to send the letter to the GFA. The CEO stated that the clubs inaction was without malice towards the GFA.

Bechem United stated that it was opened about the fees as it stated in the pre-match Technical Meeting and also accounted for all the tickets in the function Statement against Asante Kotoko.

Mr. Kingsley Osei Bonsu, mentioned further that the club was very responsible as it had done everything right apart from sending the request letter to the GFA and assured the Committee that the incident will never happen again.

REASONS FOR DECISION
Article 68(4)(2) of the GFA Statute provides as part of the duties of the PLB as follows:

68(4)(2) “To prepare fixtures, and print tickets for Premier League matches for approval of the Executive Committee”.

The Committee held the view that Bechem United has violated the provisions of Article 68(4)(2) of the GFA Statutes even though the club had stated the circumstances under which it failed to sought the approval of the GFA before issuing its own Twenty Ghana Cedis tickets at the VIP stand in respect of this match. The Committee notes that the unapproved Twenty Ghana Cedis was captured on the Function Statement and the correct taxation paid on it.

The Committee however, takes a very serious view of this ticketing lapse by Bechem United as this could have resulted in serious ramifications for the GFA. The Committee was also alarmed that some clubs fails to return unsold tickets together with the function Statement to the GFA. The Committee is clearly worried that Bechem United had unsold tickets of a previous match to which the club changed the price to Twenty Ghana Cedis and issued it for the match against Kumasi Asante Kotoko.

The Committee wishes to warn all clubs that the days of the convention of keeping unsold tickets are over and as such any club which violates the processes and regulation on ticketing shall be severely sanction. It is worthy to note that these are regulations made by the clubs themselves to govern football and this Committee will not shy away from the enforcement of the GFA Regulations.

It must be emphasized that it is not enough to write to the GFA but to send the request in good time in order for the GFA to approve the request and cause the printing of the requested ticket in the correct denomination for the use on match days.

The Committee was satisfied with the plea of guilty by Bechem United. The Committee also took notice of the plea for leniency by Bechem United and the reasons given by the club for its violation of the GFA Statutes.

DECISION

The Committee having considered the plea for leniency hereby makes the following decisions:

1. That Bechem United is hereby fined an amount of Two Thousand Ghana Cedis (GHc2,000) to be paid to the Ghana Football Association within fourteen (14) days from the date of receipt of this Decision failing which the club shall automatically forfeit all subsequent matches after the said deadline in accordance with Article 39(8)(b) of the First Amendment to the GFA General Regulations.

2. That should Bechem United be dissatisfied with this Decision, the club has within three (3) days of being notified of this Decision to appeal to the Appeals Committee (See Article 37(11) of the General Regulations of the GFA).

Inter Allies target first win against Hearts of Oak; Herbert Addo returns to Tema  FIFA.com News

Inter Allies

Inter Allies

After losing previous league game in Wa, Inter Allies will be looking to bounce back to wining ways and maintain the unbeaten record at the Tema Stadium (this season) when they host giants Hearts of Oak on Sunday.

Coach Herbert Addo who was at the bench of the Eleven Is to One last season will return on the wrong ticket – with Hearts of Oak for his first match against us since he left.

Hearts have enjoyed some good run lately with wins over B.A United and Olympique Ngor which have boosted their morales. They have hit top form after a slow start with Gilbert Fiamenyo their main weapon, scoring 8 goals in 11 games.

Match Officials
Referee: Joseph Lamptey
Assistant 1: A.S. Malik
Assistant 2: Paul Atimaka
4th Official: Maxwell Hanson
Match Commissioner: Adam Munkaila

TEAM UPDATES:
The squad will welcome Ghana under-20 star Prosper Kasim back to the team once again after starring in the just ended CAF u-20 tournament in Senegal, where Ghana won bronze.

Ibrahim Alhassan is still nursing his injury and will miss the game, Lord Ofosuhene who had a knock in Wa will also miss the match.

FORM GUIDE:
Inter Allies have lost twice and won thrice in their last five league games with last two home wins. Despite not conceding at home this season, the Phobians pose threat with Fiamenyo up front.

Hearts of Oak in the other hand have recorded two victories in their last five league games and will come to face the likes of Fredrick Yamoah and in-form striker Sheriff Deo Mohammed.

Inter Allies last 5 league games:
1. Aduana Stars 2-0 W (H)
2. Sekondi Hasaacas 2-1 L (A)
3. B.A. United 2-0 W (H)
4. Great Olympics 1-0 W (A)
5. Wa All Stars 2-1 L (A)

Hearts of Oak last 5 league games:
1. New Edubiase 2-1 L (H)
2. Heart of Lions 1-0 L (A)
3. Aduana Stars 3-2 W (H)
4. Hasaacas 1-1 D (A)
5. B.A. United 2-0 W (H)

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Inter Allies are yet to register a win over the Phobians after getting promotion to the league last season as Hearts of Oak grabbed all 6 points (home and away).

The last time both sides met at the Tema Sports Stadium, Hearts won 3-2.

First Round – 2014/15 Season:
1. Inter Allies 2-3 Hearts of Oak (Elliasu Fuseini and Gockel Ahortor) – Tema

Second Round:
2. Hearts of Oak 1-0 Inter Allies – Accra

Ghanaian clubs need at least $1m in order to compete in Africa – New Edubiase President  FIFA.com News

Abdul Salam Yakubu

Abdul Salam Yakubu

New Edubiase President Abdul Salam Yakubu says Ghanaian clubs need a minimum of $1m to enable them compete favourably in African club competitions.

Ghanaian clubs have failed over the years to make meaningful impacts in both the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup.

Ghana’s representatives in African club competitions have often blamed their inability to creditably rough shoulder against the best clubs on the continent due to lacking funds.

New Edubiase suffered from this syndrome when they fell in the early stages in their maiden campaign in the Confederations Cup following the death of their major financier David Lamptey.

Club President Abdul Salam Yakubu says Ghanaian clubs need at least $1m to compete favourably in Africa.

“Clubs is Ghana, I tell you can compete in Africa but for the lacking funds,” he told Metro FM.

“Playing in Africa is no joke, it is very expensive.

“No wonder the North Africans dominate the competition because they have a lot of financial help from their governments.

“Ghanaian clubs can compete favourably but money is needed.

“If you want to play and compete in Africa, you’ll need at least $1m.

“Berekum Chelsea proved it with their maiden campaign with the injection of huge investment.”

Ghana FA technical chief urges fans to measure criticism of Avram Grant over local players snub  FIFA.com News

Avram Grant

Avram Grant

Ghana FA technical director Francis Oti Akenteng has urged for fans’ patience on the debate over quota selection system for local players, insisting the demand is premature.

The experienced football administrator says it’s unfair for fans to criticize Avram Grant after the Israeli overlooked locals in his squad to face Senegal and Mali in an international friendly this month.

Only Ashantigold goalkeeper Fatau Dauda caught the attention of the 60-year-old in his latest squad which has sparked uproar over supposed neglect of local players in the Black Stars.

Chairman of the Premier League Board, Welbeck Abra-Appiah is at loggerhead with the country’s federation president Kwesi Nyantakyi amid claims and counter claims over the selectionn quota for local players in the team.

But Ghana FA technical director Francis Oti Akenteng is urging for cool heads as the former Chelsea trainer will require time to select any local player into his team.

“I think he has had the opportunity to witness only two local league matches. I don’t think it is even enough. Let us give him the opportunity and the time and see what he can do. For now it is too early,” Akenteng told Starr Sports

Ghana FA to hold seminar on FIFA Regulations on working with Intermediaries Monday  FIFA.com News

Fa LOGOThe Ghana Football Association will hold a stakeholders meeting on Monday 30th March for the FIFA Regulations on Working with Intermediaries.

The new regulations will supersede the FIFA Players’ Agents Regulations from 1st April, 2015.

Representatives of Premier and Division Clubs are expected to meet at the GFA Secretariat (Conference room)to deliberate on the modalities for the new FIFA regulation.

The stakeholders will also be taken through the new regulations to ensure compliance and better understanding of it.

A similar seminar will be held at the Regional Football Associations for clubs at the lower tier and colts clubs.

With the coming into force of the FIFA Regulations on Working with the Intermediaries, the previous Player Agent licensing system shall be abandoned and all existing licences issued by the GFA will lose its validity with immediate effect on 1st April, 2015 and shall be returned to the GFA.

The new FIFA Regulations on working with Intermediaries was approved by the FIFA Executive Committee on 21st March, 2014 at its meeting at Zurich. Switzerland.

Source: Ghanafa.org

Ambitious Ghanaian second-tier side Techiman City appoint Alhaji Iddrisu as technical director  FIFA.com News

Techiman City

Techiman City

Ambitious Ghanaian second-tier side Techiman City have appointed Alhaji Iddrisu as the club’s new technical director, GHANAsoccernet.com can confirm.

The club has also confirmed the appointment of former Real Tamale United shot-stopper Michael Abu as their new goalkeepers’ trainer, replacing Mohammed Damba.

Techiman City, owned by fast-rising football administrator Kwadwo Ntim, is keen to make the club an attractive brand in the Brong Ahafo region.

City have endured a decent run in the National Division One League and currently lie 10th on the table with seven points.

The Ghana U23 team management committee bought the club from Tony Benneth two years ago.

Ghana FA insist Muntari will return to Black Stars ONLY if he grovels over World Cup conduct  FIFA.com News

Sulley Muntari

Sulley Muntari

AC Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari will ONLY be considered for a return to the Black Stars until his apologises to the Ghana FA, spokesman Ibrahim Sannie Daara has said.

Muntari, 30, is serving an indefinite suspension from the Black Stars after he was sacked from the team’s camp during the 2014 World Cup over disciplinary grounds.

The midfielder was guilty of an unprovoked physical attack on an executive committee member of the Ghana FA during the country’s shameful conduct in the South American country.

There have been many clamouring calls for the recall of the  former Sunderland man but Ghana FA spokesman Ibrahim Sannie Daara insists he will only return if he offers an unqualified apology to the federation and Ghanaians.

“If Sulley wants to play for the Black Stars, there are modalities he must follow. The rule has been set and even Grant knows this, so he won’t return until he apologizes,” FA spokesman Sannie Darra told GTV.

The midfielder has struggled for form in recent time at AC Milan with reports in Italy suggesting that he will be shipped out at the end of the current campaign.

Kwesi Appiah to join new team Reading after Ghana duties  FIFA.com News

Kwesi Appiah

Kwesi Appiah

Striker Kwesi Appiah will begin training with Reading after his international involvement with Ghana.

The 24-year-old has been loaned out to the Royals for the remainder of the season as he goes in search of regular first team football.

Appiah, who recently put pen to paper to further extend his contract at Crystal Palace has made just 10 appearances for the Eagles since his arrival from Margate in 2012.

His temporal move to Reading is the latest in a series of similar loan moves to Cambridge United, Notts County and AFC Wimbledon.

Appiah is currently with the Black Stars team for the international friendlies against Senegal and Mali in France.

He appears to be a mainstay on the Ghana team since impressing at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

A return for Appiah from the latest international break will now see him train with his new side Reading.

Ghana FA boss jokes: Kenyans want me to lead their federation  FIFA.com News

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Ghana Football Association President Kwesi Nyantakyi has jokingly said that Kenya wants him to end their federation after mediating the dispute over the league.

Nyantakyi was appointed by FIFA to help reach a deal with Kenyan Premier League and the Football Kenya Federation over who had the rights to organize the country’s league.

He returned home early this week after reaching a rapprochement with the two parties.

Satisfied with his performance, Nyantakyi said some members asked he could be the permanent head of the country’s federation.

“After our meeting to solve the crisis in Kenya, some of the Kenyan FA members asked the FIFA officials if it was possible for me to be their FA President in addition to being Ghana FA boss,” Nyantakyi said.

Ghana U20 owed qualification bonus- chairman Winfred Osei  FIFA.com News

Winfred Osei Parma

Winfred Osei Parma

Ghana U20 management committee chairman Winfred Osei has revealed players are owed bonuses after playing at the African Youth Championship.

The players are yet to be paid bonuses for winning bronze at the  tournament in Senegal due to a communication gap between the Ghana Football Association and the Sports Ministry.

“We had sent a budget to the Ministry and within the budget we stated the figure for the qualification bonus, unfortunately when the money was being paid there was some miscommunication between the FA and the Ministry and only the first installment was paid,” he told citifmonline.com

“We are going to state our case at the FA for the difference to be added because it makes communication with the boys very difficult.

“What you communicate to these under 20 boys is really key because throughout the competition we gave them assurances.

“Our argument is that if there has been any change in relation to the money the Ministry should have updated us so that when we are relaying information we will present issues as they are.”

 

 

 

 

 

Former Kotoko striker Kofi Nti Boakye on trial at South African side Ajax Cape Town  FIFA.com News

Kofi Nti Boakye

Kofi Nti Boakye

South African Premier Soccer League side Ajax Cape Town are assessing Ghanaian striker Kofi Nti Boakye.

The former Asante Kotoko player arrived at the club this week and must do more to impress head coach Roger de Sa.

Boakye has two weeks to fight for a deal from the Urban Warriors.

The 27-year-old will be trying out with Nigerian duo, Idris Ahmed and Ehiz Guobadia.

Boakye is available on a free transfer after parting ways with newly-promoted Egyptian Premier League side Misr El Makasa.

He also had an ill-fated spell with Libyan side Al Ahli where he quit after five months into a three-year contract.

In-form Gilbert Fiamenyo ready to sign contract extension at Hearts of Oak  FIFA.com News

Gilbert Fiamenyo

Gilbert Fiamenyo

Striker Gilbert Fiamenyo says he is prepared to extend his contract at Hearts of Oak.

The 22-year-old is out of contract with the Accra-based side at the end of the current campaign.

Reports suggests the former Heart of Lions hitman is dragging his feet on an extension offer tabled by Hearts in an attempt to milk more money from the club.

But the striker who is currently the leading scorer in the Ghanaian top flight with eight goals says he is ever ready to sign an extension at Hearts.

“My contract at Hearts is up at the end of the season but I am prepared to extend my contract,” he told Angel FM.

“I cannot refuse to extend my contract at Hearts.”

Fiamenyo joined Hearts of Oak three seasons ago after a four-year stint at Heart of Lions.

Ghana U20 assistant coach Yaw Preko draws positives from third-place finish at AYC  FIFA.com News

Ghana U20 assistant coach Yaw Preko

Ghana U20 assistant coach Yaw Preko

Ghana U20 assistant coach Yaw Preko is drawing positives from his team’s bronze medal feat at the African Youth Championships.

The Black Satellites lost two games throughout their campaign in Senegal to finish third.

Sellas Tetteh’s side also managed to secure qualification as one of four representatives from Africa to feature at the FIFA U20 World Cup later this year in New Zealand.

Assistant coach Yaw Preko believes the AYC has provided the appropriate platform to thoroughly assess his team and make needed corrections ahead of the World Cup.

“It was a good experience because we have been able to weight our negatives as against our positives,” he said.

“The most important thing is not only getting a medal but also qualifying for the World Cup.

“We have a lot of work to do but I am sure we will be ready by the time the World Cup comes along.”

Ghana is drawn in a tough group at the FIFA U20 World Cup alongside Argentina, Austria and Panama.

Ex Ghana striker Augustine Arhinful insists no player at Hearts is worthy of a Black Stars call up  FIFA.com News

Gilbert Fiamenyo

Gilbert Fiamenyo

Ex Ghana striker Augustine Arhinful has passed a damning verdict over the quality of players at Hearts of Oak, insisting no single player from the Accra-based club is worthy of a Black Stars call up.

There is an ongoing debate as to whether home-based players deserve call ups to the Black Stars which has been recently dominated by foreign-based players.

While Premier League Board chief Welbeck Abra-Appiah is pushing for a quota system in the national team for locally-based players, Ghana FA President Kwesi Nyantakyi insists only the best players will be invited regardless of where they play.

But former Black Stars striker Augustine Arhinful after seeing at least four matches of Hearts of Oak in convinced none of their players have the quality for a national team call up not even leading scorer Gilbert Fiamenyo.

“I have seen about four or five matches of Hearts of Oak this year and I have never been impressed,” he told Skyy Power FM.

“No one can tell me that Hearts of Oak currently, one of their players deserve to be in the Black Stars.

“I have watched Gilbert Fiamenyo play, even his attitude in the game is not the best.

“He is a good goalscorer but 70 percent of the time he is walking so who does the job to present him scoring opportunities?

“We have to do constructive arguments and criticisms so that we can move on as a people.”

 

Black Satellites players are worn out and need rest, says team doctor Prince Pambo  FIFA.com News

Black Satellites finished third in AYC

Black Satellites finished third in AYC

Ghana U20 doctor Prince Pambo is ordering clubs to give at least a two-week rest to players who just returned from the African Youth Championships.

Most of the players with the Black Satellites team are key to several of the Ghana Premier League clubs.

These players are in some instances needed by clubs go salvage their season in various domestic competitions.

But Dr. Pambo says the Black Satellites players are worn out after their participation in the African Youth Championships where Ghana won bronze and thus need rest.

“The players are just coming off a grueling competition and would need some rest – at least a two-week rest will do,” he said.

“Therefore I urge the clubs to allow the players to take a breather.

“I understand that some of the clubs desperately need their players to help them in their various competitions but then you will not get the best out of them now.

“The best option now is to give them the needed rest for them to recover their form.”

AC Milan duo Essien, Muntari to be farmed out over poor performances – report  FIFA.com News

Sulley Muntari

Sulley Muntari

AC Milan duo Michael Essien and Sulley Muntari are on the verge of being shipped out of the club following their below performance in their 3-0 friendly win over lower side AC Reggiana on Wednesday, the Italian media is reporting.

The two Ghanaian players were thrown into the hat by manager Filipo Nzaghi but their midfield partnership was disappointing.

While Essien has not really integrated in the Milan squad, Muntari has been a pale shadow of himself this season.

Reports in Italy suggest the Ghanaian internationals will not fit into the Milan project and will be shipped out at the end of the current campaign.

Indeed tuttomotoriweb.com is reporting on Friday the two players should go away from the club in June following massive fans distrust towards them to enable the club bring in quality players to overturn their downward spiral.

Jordan Opoku denies “cocked up” dispute between him and striker Ahmed Toure  FIFA.com News

Asante Kotoko midfielder Jordan Opoku

Asante Kotoko midfielder Jordan Opoku

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Asante Kotoko midfielder Jordan Opoku, has spoken for the first time on a reported frosty relationship between him and striker Ahmed Toure by claiming such reports were cocked up.

The highly respected midfielder was accused of not passing the Ivorian hit-man due to his astronomical wages.

Kotoko struggled to win games and went seven without a win in that difficult period with coach Mas-Ud Dramani paying the ultimate price for an uninspiring start to the domestic season.

But midfield power house Jordan Opoku says those claims were carefully engineered due to the difficult period the team was enduring.

“They are part of the game and I read them and laugh because it was a difficult time for the club and people wanted to find reasons for that,” Opoku told Citi FM

“I have never had a problem with Ahmed and we all were suffering due to the state of the club.

“I feel they were made up to tell a side of an untrue story which does not help the team nor the players involved.”

 

 

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