Dutchman Plyum blasts Kotoko coach for Cup boycott

Published on: 04 July 2011

By Akyereko Frimpong-Manson

Dutchman Hans Van Der Plyum has lashed out at Asante Kotoko's Serbian coach Bogdan Korak for leading his players to reject their silver medals in the President's Cup.

Kotoko walked off the field of play after losing 7-6 on penalties to League champions Berekum Chelsea in the presence of Ghana's vice President John Mahama and other dignitaries.

The club's action has been widely condemned by Ghana football officials and fans alike.

Van der Plyum, head coach of Heart of Lions, says the coach's decision to abandon the medal ceremony in protest of referee Awal Mohammed's performance is unpardonable.

"Football is governed by rules and regulations and the referee used the rules in the game. In the presence of the Vice President, the team shouldn't have left. The coach showed disrespect to the Ghana vice President and that is disgraceful," Plyum told Accra-based Radio Gold.

Club have officially issued an apology for their action last Friday which almost blighted the beauty of the game.

Comments

  • emma
    says: 8 years ago
    coach hans,,,its sheer jealousy on your part,,,we know where u are coming from,,,u have eyed de kotoko coaching job all these while but to no avail,,,u are just incompetent,,and u will never ever have de chance to coach kotoko,,,mind your own business cos lions have decided to sack u soon,,,,,
  • maxob42g2
    says: 8 years ago
    Grow up man. cos K K Sarpong himself was furios when he heard this in London. Why do you think they called the vice president personally to aplogise? We live in a country where people make politics out of anything and Kotoko being such a big club should not allow it to be drawn into such immatured and petty arguments. The management have condemned it and that is the stand of the club. Could Bogdan even think of that in his home country??He would not have even dared??? or you are one of those people who worship the white skin???Stop being a fanatic and have a matured mind of your own boy
  • Joe.
    says: 8 years ago
    Ah I some times find it very difficult to understand this coach. Fine what Kotoko did need to be condemned but not ppl like Hans Van-der Plyum. Is this not the man who wanted to bribe some journalist to kill a story abt Red bull academy some time ago?. And you there talk about Bogdan Korak. You are all the same so please give us a break.
  • Maxwell Johnson
    says: 8 years ago
    KOTOKO is a disgrace to GH football,they should be punished for such unpardonable act.If they cant apply to the rules of the game they should change their name to Asante Kotoko Rugby Club instead of football club,can they do this in an Inter-continental club match.Have they forgotten what CAF did to them after their fans physically assaulted referee Kojja Koffie of Benin during a CAF match some few years back.There should be severe punishment for them to deter other clubs from emulating the same action.Yennbo biomm part 2.
  • JERRO,GREECE
    says: 8 years ago
    Apart Emama and Joe who who seem to be die hard and blind supporters of Kotoko and have therefore chosen to be nut heads, you have all been brave to call a spade a spade. Let kotoko be made to face some amount of sanctions to deter other clubs from doing the same.Plyum was only reminding the Serbian coach of what he could never had done in his country. The fact is this, is he right with his suggestion? do not forget that this same 'Serbain commando' of a coach has once been in the news for almost beating his own assistant coach for daring to argue with him over a player substitution? have we forgotten that? Thank God Kotoko still have decent men like KK Sarpong around who had the heart to call them to order.
  • emma
    says: 8 years ago
    please,,,dont get me wrong,,,i totally agree to de fact dat de team didnt do well,,,,but i am just stressing a point dat u all shd also understand,,,,i was ..at both kpando and kumasi for de league and FA cup matches btn kotoko/lions and i saw how hans plum misbehaved,, hence my write up,,,he is even worse off than korak in terms of attitude,,,thanx anyway to maxobo4,,,rass,,jerro,,
  • Bright Nunoo
    says: 8 years ago
    we thoughts whites were intelligent than blacks. Will the coach of kotoko have asked them to leave if it was a trophy in uefa.
  • wh3 nea obi kyer3
    says: 8 years ago
    Ban Kotoko and you will c what will happen to d already poor Ghana league.......mtweeeeeeeeeew
  • Joe.
    says: 8 years ago
    Thx so much. May u live longer Jerro.
  • PENDRIVE
    says: 8 years ago
    Please let call a spade a spade. i think Kotoko is writing a history which if they do not correct it now,it will surely have an effect on the team during the next generation. Let those who have ears listen.
  • kwame preko
    says: 8 years ago
    Think you are being stupit Emma. Do you think the coach could have done same if he were to be in his native Serbia. I dont blame him. Am sure he must have been urged on by his club Kotoko who despite have no knowledge of the rules of the game are very arrogant. Check from history.
  • nana
    says: 8 years ago
    Stupid arguments from hypocrites like you all. You run to your TV sets to watch English Premiership matches and have you ever seen 2 spot kicks been retaken in a cup match. Whilst chastising Kotoko for their rude behavior, you should squarely condemn the actions of the referee. Its a big shame to Ghana football and as we all know, our referees keep disgracing themselves and this country internationally. Just recently a ban was lifted from that Ghanaian referee who officiated a CAF Champions league match in which a player scored a goal with his hand. Lets be factual cos it goes against us all if care is not taken.
  • JERRO,GREECE
    says: 8 years ago
    You should know that you seem to be the most stupid here with your bestial approach to everyone here. Did England abandon the match against Germany when all pointed to a goal that was overlooked? The Ghanaian referee in question that you chose to use as your measure here was not purnished by the teams who were deemed cheated but by a panel of experts from the Caf. So no one is saying the referee might be right but what we are saying is kotoko should have chosen the right medium of protest.by taking the laws into their own hands, they deserve the measure of anger being poured against them.The laws of football says, before a penalty is taken, the goalkeeper should stay on the lines but should he move before its and taken and the player misses,the penalty should be retaken but should the player score if the goalkeeper moves,then the goal should be allowed. So by this rule, the referee gave a reason as too why he allowed those kicks to be retaken. Tell you 'serbian commando' of a coach to train his goalkeeper well. Otherwise be 'stupid' enough to learn the rules of the game before you comment buddy.