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CAF Confederation Cup 2018/19 – Kotoko fall to AL Hilal in their first group game

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Ghana’s lone ranger, Kumasi Asante Kotoko were pipped to a one nil defeat by Sudanese side Al Hilal in the 2018/19 season of the CAF Confederation Cup.

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The Porcupine warriors traveled to Khartoum for the first round of matches in Group C of the CAF Confederations Cup.

A goal scored by Waleed Bakhet Hamid in the first half was enough to claim all three points for the North Africans. Although there was much effort to level, Kotoko failed to at least get a point.

Coach C.K Akunnor made only one change to his starting line up from the previous game against Coton Sport.

Abas Mohammed was unable to travel with the team  to Sudan so captain Amos Frimpong was shifted to the left back position with Augustine Sefa taking the right side of defence.

In the other fixture in the group, Zesco United on Sunday shot to the top of Group C following an efficient 2-0 home win over Nkana in their opening clash Saturday at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.

Kotoko are due to play Zesco United in Kumasi in 10 days time with Nkana hosting Hilal in Lusaka.

The 2017 quarter finalist went top on goal difference after Al Hilal of Sudan beat Ghana giants Asante Kotoko 1-0 at home in Khartoum in a simultaneous Group C kick off.

 

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Al-Hilal: Salim; Mamoun, Merghani, Ariwachukwu, Boya (Behaldeen 49′), Diarra, Eldin Ali, N. Abdalla, Mokhtar (A.Abdalla 90+2′), Mbombo, Hamid (Maranhao 76′).

Asante Kotoko: Annan, Frimpong, Sefah, Ganiu, Badu, Bons, Baakoh, Senanu, Gyamfi (Nyarko 73′), Fatawu (Acquah 76′), Songne.

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GFA Disciplinary Committee dismiss two Kotoko officials

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The Accra representatives of Kumasi Asante Kotoko were dismissed from the Disciplinary Committee hearing on Thursday when they accompanied their colleague Dr. Yaw Amo Sarpong.

Dr. Amo Sarpong was invited for hearing after it was confirmed that he pulled a gun and also fired a warning shot during the NC Special Cup match between Kotoko and Berekum FC at the Golden City Park in Berekum.

He was accompanied by the Communications Director for the club, Lawyer Sarfo Duku and the two Accra reps; Mr. Edmund Ackah and Nana Kwame Dankwa.

Mr. Edmund Ackah and Nana Kwame Dankwa were dismissed from the DC’s hearing panel on Thursday May, 17, 2019 after they had written their names on the attendance sheet, introduced themselves and also disclosed their purpose of being there.

The two men protested vehemently as they used the GFA’s regulations to affirm their presence at the sitting but the Committee led by Mr. Sampson Lardy would not back down on their stance.

Mr. Ackah and Nana Kwame had nothing to do than to leave for proceedings to continue.

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Kotoko sack Policy Analyst, Dr. Amo Sarpong

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The Management of Kumasi Asante Kotoko has sacked Dr. Yaw Amo Sarpong from his position as the Policy Analyst for the club.

According to a source close to the Management of the club, Dr. Sarpong was given his dismissal letter on Friday morning.

The club is yet to make the sacking of the KNUST lecturer official any time soon.

He is alleged to have pulled a gun and fired a warning shot to scare off hooligans during Kotoko’s game against Berekum FC last two weeks at the Golden City park.

The Berekum born native sustained head injuries in the ensuing struggle after he was disarmed by the Police officials present at the stadium.

Dr. Sarpong was invited by the Disciplinary Committee of the Ghana Football Association give his side of the case on Thursday.

The Committee led by Mr. Sampson Lardy found him guilty and thus have suspended him from all football activities for six months.

He was accompanied by Lawyer Sarfo Duku, the head of communication for the club.

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Special Cup Committee to conduct investigations into bribery case involving Kotoko

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A member of the Organising Committee for the Normalization Committee Special Cup,Augustine Arhinful has confirmed that his oufit will conduct investigations into the bribery case involving Kumasi Asante Kotoko.

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Mr. Arhinful spoke on Fox FM in Kumasi on Friday morning concerning steps being taken by the Committee to address the recent happenings.

“I have alerted Samuel Osei Kuffour who is our chairman (of the Normalization Committee Organizing Committee) to tell Dr. Kofi Amoah (President of the NC) to invite all the people involved in alleged bribery allegations regarding the Ashgold vs Kotoko match for interrogation”, he told Fox FM.

Meanwhile, Asante Kotoko has denied attempting to influence referees in the ongoing Special Competition.

In a press statement, the club has distanced itself from the alleged act.

“The Executive Chairman and Management wish to state unequivocally that neither the Executive Chairman nor any official of the club has engaged in such act and neither has the said Sheshela been contracted to engage in the act for and on behalf of the club.

“The Executive Chairman and Management and Asante Kotoko Sporting Club have received with shock and dismay news circulating in the news circles of an alleged bribery scandal involving one Sheshela and being linked to the club,” it said.

Asante Kotoko have been named in a recent bribery scandal by Referee Robert Mensah involving one Kofi Oduro “Shilshila”.

Mr. Oduro who is known to be a staunch Kotoko supporter and close ally of Dr. Kwame Kyei, the Chief Executive Officer of the club is alleged to have bribed the referees with an amount of GHc8,000.

The agreement was to influence the outcome of the match against Obuasi Ashanti Gold FC in the NC Special Cup played at the Len Clay Stadium on Sunday, May 12, 2019.

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