But for the police armoured vehicle, Kotoko…

VhclA police armoured car had to convey Asante Kotoko players out of the Baba Yara Stadium after colossally disappointing fans following their elimination from the CAF Champions League on Sunday.

The Porcupine Warriors were beaten 2-1 in front of a partisan crowd by Algerian side MC El Eulma to be eliminated by the same scoreline on aggregate after a 0-0 first leg result.

The exasperated fans wanted to vent their spleen on players after questioning their commitment levels.

“If the players had showed up in front of the fans, they would have been heckled or beaten up,” Luv FM’s commentator Dela Atiase said.

This is the third consecutive time Kotoko have failed to progress to the money zone of the CAF’s flagship event.

In another development,The Communications Manager of Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Kweku Ahenkorah, has disclosed that the team did not appear at the post match press briefing after their defeat to MC El Eulma because they were advised by the security services.

According to the to him, even though the team is not mandated by CAF to organize the post-match Press Briefing, the communications team had plans of organising the event only to be advised by the security services that the event must be cancelled.

In a message sent on Ghana Sports Media Alliance (GSMA) Platform, Kweku Ahenkorah said, “Coach Duncan was advised by the security apparatus at the stadium not to appear for the post-match press conference”.

“In CAF champions league, organising post-match press conferences are not forced on home clubs and the match commissioner did not mince words about it during the technical meeting.

But I had plans to organize one after the match irrespective of the scoreline; only to be told after the match that the safety of our players and technical team was at risk”, Ahenkorah added.

“I sincerely apologize to everyone who expected the interaction with the media”, he concluded.


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