Kotoko's Nti: Kingston's red card was well planned

Published on: 18 April 2012

By Ameenu Shardow

Officials of Asante Kotoko claim Laryea Kingston’s sending off in the big Ghanaian derby was pre-meditated.

The experienced midfielder was sent off just minutes into the second half for a bad tackle on defender Baba Abdul Rahman.

The Phobians where at the battling to draw level when Kingston rightly received his marching orders.

But Kotoko’s administrative manager Ben Nti says the sending off was as a result of serious psychological planning before the game.

“There are things we asked Rahman to do which drew the red card,” he told Kumasi-based Angel FM.

“We call it Laryea’s Hearts of Oath not of Oak. It is all psychological which was planned and it worked to perfection.

“We sat here and told supporters Laryea will get a red card, this is not juju, it is merely psychological.

“We want to prove that in football psychology plays a major role. We invested so much to ensure the players were well psyched ahead of the tie and disabuse their minds of primitive ways.

“Otherwise I am sure no one would have believed we will be able to restore our lead just moments after they (Hearts) scored.”

The win sees the Porcupine Warriors extend their lead at the summit of the Ghanaian top flight to twelve points with just six games left to go.



  • Kwadwo Addai
    says: 7 years ago
  • Imanuel Adu-Gyamfi
    says: 7 years ago
    I don't see the point in this statement, its irrelevant. We won fair and square, where from this analogy? Needless
  • phrank kente ,Teshie
    says: 7 years ago
    if it was planned then it worked perfectly so this does not mean that the referees should ignore it next time cos it is said it was planned and the players to should not put it in their head to end other players JOB since it is plan..FABULOUS THE BEST..
    says: 7 years ago
    i believe baba abdul rahman told laryea oluman dont play football.but why should a player like laryea be provoked by this small player? laryea should stop playing instead of break and pass system.
  • horror
    says: 7 years ago
    Kotoko paa dis? Bragging right be what,So would u hv come out to say all these if the plan had failed or had Kotoko lost,or drew.Anytime u score phobia,it's like you hv won a world club champhionship.
  • Fresher
    says: 7 years ago
    People like Ben Nti are a sort of bad air infiltrating our serene football climate, he arouses controversy whenever something did not go his way. He should accept it when next time it comes the other way round and make no inciting remarks that he is well-known for, kotoko won the match fairly and on the hard way.
  • Kwaku
    says: 7 years ago
    Well planned or not, the tackle was totally deserving of a red card, to say the least. If ever there were a green card, he would have even earned one that day. Faaaabulous, still the best in Ghana!
  • quame
    says: 7 years ago
    This man is foolish...he wants to cause war. he should grow up if he said that.
  • Joe
    says: 7 years ago
    Planned? Oh then wat a explicit plan it was! ' we taught dem hw 2 ignore da primitive ways' 2u gud!
  • SETH
    says: 7 years ago
    I could not deduce anything from the article, planned in which way?
    says: 7 years ago
    What kind of psychology are these Kotoko officials talking about. Empty braggards. If these are the mindsets that manage Kotoko today then I dare say Kotoko's achievements wont go beyond where it has reached now. What SIMPLISTIC SHALLOWNESS!!!
  • Kwabena
    says: 7 years ago
    Then i believe ur gargantuan debt was also well planned,lol!
  • Tetteyfio
    says: 7 years ago
    I agree. I do not see the sense in this statement by Ben Nti.
  • Tetteyfio
    says: 7 years ago
    Planned by who? This is "rubbish" talk, Ben Nti. If you do not have anything to say, please do not open your mouth.
  • MLengani
    says: 7 years ago
    Not necessary
  • KKK
    says: 7 years ago
  • devildog6773
    says: 7 years ago
    If it has to take a man less for Kotoko to win a game against a crawling Hearts of Oak with a rookie coach, then your franchise is in for a shock during the Champions League. The game against Hearts revealed Kotoko's weakness and exposed your defficiency like the sun. Not sure if this game was something to brag about. If Hearts of Oak had focused on winning the game the first half, and had raken it to you like I'd expected, it would have been a different result than what it became. A ten man Hearts still stood against your so called superior team. Hearts indeed, are masters.
  • Abraham
    says: 7 years ago
    When Barcelonia played against Chelsea, reports have it that Barca played 72% of the game but at the end of the game, what mattered was done by Chelsea. If Kotoko's game against Hearts showed their weakness, the matter is that Kotoko won and that was the most important Kotoko were expecting. Kotoko will beat Hearts again in subsiquent matches. Fabulous all the way