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Kotoko arrive at stadium for FA Cup clash against AshGold but Miners absent

Published on: 13 April 2014
Kotoko bus arriving at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday

Kotoko have arrived at the Accra Sports Stadium of Sunday's MTN FA Cup quarter-final clash with AshantiGold but there is no sign of the Miners with five minutes to kick-off.

AshGold promised to boycott the match and they looked to have carried out their thereat of not travelling to Accra to honour the match because of the late change of venue.

This means means Kotoko will qualify for the semi-final without kicking a ball while AshGold face a possible ban from the competition as well as massive fines.

Continental broadcasters SuperSport have also deployed their equipment ready to give live coverage of the match across the African continent but the Miners are absent as hopes of them appearing at the last minute fades fast.

"As we tweet there is still no trace of AshantiGold but Kotoko will proceed with the pre-match formalities," Kotoko wrote on their official Twitter page.

Kotoko arrive at stadium for match against AshGold but Miners absent

The Asante Kotoko team and match officials will however walk through the tunnel and line up for the match.

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 knock-on 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.


This article has 6 comment(s), give your comment
  • Paapa1 says:
    April 13, 2014 03:46 pm
    Ghana 4 u
  • Billymoore says:
    April 13, 2014 04:46 pm
    It is time for the GFA to take a second look at these 'ban of match venues. If supporters are misbehaving, just let the match be played in an EMPTY STADIUM. why ask Ashgold to travel to Accra? Banning Kotoko from playing at home, the next rational place should have been Len Clay.
    April 13, 2014 05:20 pm
    Yea changed the match venue, they threatened to pull out, you promised 'meeting' their complaints someway...The next thing would have been get their commitment to honour the match before sanctioning the match to go on...The authorities ought to, maybe, sanction themselves in this case
  • Dr Who says:
    April 13, 2014 08:01 pm
    Billymoore,I agree with u.changing a venue sometimes become a punishment to other teams who play the punished club...gfa should take a look at that again.
  • kwame-blz says:
    April 13, 2014 10:32 pm
    GFA have no one to blame for the absent of ASh gold but themselves, you sent them no official message or compensation for traveling to accura after ashgold complain about this issue and yet nothing came out to resolve it, you got your sanction to ban them but am aware ashoglod ii know their way when it goes to court. You punish kotoko why include the other clubs they play against I hope the rest of their matches ii be play in kumasi at an empty stadium or you compensate the teams changing their route to accommodate kotoko at their new venues.
  • TONY - US says:
    April 13, 2014 11:24 pm
    Promise Hohohoo!!!…… Money na hand back na ground