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AshGold refuse to honour FA Cup quarter final clash against Kotoko, match called off

Published on: 13 April 2014
AshGold failed to travel to Accra for the game

By Ameenu Shardow

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The MTN FA Cup quarter final clash between Asante Kotoko and AshantiGold has been called off following the inability of the Miners to travel to Accra to honour the match, can confirm.

The Asante Kotoko team and match officials will however walk through the tunnel and line up for the match at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The referee will then blow his whistle to officially signify the ‘no show’ before a crowd to serve ample proof of AshGold’s recalcitrance.

The Miners have refused to travel to Accra for the game citing inadequate funds to foot the cost of their transportation and camping.

The excuse given by the Obuasi-based club is however very much suspect after the FA Cup Committee agreed to provide extra funds to cover their cost for the game originally fixed to be played at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.

The game had to be moved from it's original venue following an indefinite ban slapped on the Baba Yara Stadium by the Ghana FA's Executive Committee last week over security concerns.

AshGold were promised a staggering GH6000 (the biggest ever received by any club in the competition) and 25 percent of the total gate proceeds simply to massage their egos to honour the match which was moved to Accra as the result of the ban.

The Miners however refused to make the trip south to honour the match despite the pledges and interventions made by high ranking officials of the Ghana FA.

The situation leaves AshGold open to serious sanctions from the Ghana FA for throwing the FA Cup competition out of gear with their unprofessional stance.

The bigger issue however is the negative knockdown effect the boycott has on the much-craved development of the local game.

The match had been advertised to be beamed live on digital television not to talk of organisational costs in arranging for match officials, security and other logistics necessary for a standard football match.

Various publications have been run by the Ghanaian media all week-long to stimulate interests of the fans in the game that promised to be explosive.

Meanwhile Asante Kotoko are already in camp in Tema preparing feverishly for the match which will definitely not happen.

The Premier League champions will qualify to the last four without kicking a ball while AshGold face the wrath of the Ghana FA.


This article has 4 comment(s), give your comment
  • Viper says:
    April 13, 2014 12:36 pm
    Ridiculous,so they deemed it fit to ban Kotoko from playing at Baba Yara but didn't find it fit to announce a suitable stadium for them to play in.Then why ban them? And not just instruct them to play behind close doors? Or even worse why not plat at the Len Clay,the only logical place?Does this mean Kotoko will be staying in Tema to play their remaining home matches at Accra??? Just ridiculous.
  • King says:
    April 13, 2014 02:24 pm
    this punishment is stupid indeed.its the clubs supporters who normally do that so the neccessary punishment should that the matches will be play under close doors as in europe.what about if the supporters the clubs do same at the venue they ply their matches.totally stupid bias officials of Ghana football
  • King says:
    April 13, 2014 02:28 pm
    Big club like ashgold should nt act this way.what about those division one club who playe they re Match away nd far distance!
  • Paul says:
    April 13, 2014 04:26 pm
    Lets listen to ashgold side of the issue, they may be rihgt in doin that because this our FA is very rigid in terms of issueing money to the clubs.