Kotoko Banned…. From Baba Yara

Coach dramani Kumasi Asante Kotoko have been banned temporarily from the Baba Yara Sports Stadium following fans assault on referee E.R Binney in their 1-0 defeat to Heart of Lions in Kumasi.

The referee suffered various degrees of assaults after the match in the tunnel on his way back to the dressing room.

The Ghana FA executive committee  issued a sanction letter to punish Kotoko by closing the Baba Yara Stadium as their home grounds.

According to the letter sighted  the committee laid emphasis on water, missiles and other objects thrown  on to the field of play after the game by irate supporters of the Fabulous Club.

The interim C.E.O of Kotoko Opoku Nti seems to have endorsed the sanctions given his outfit, adding that the supporters are to blame.

“It’s true we’ve received a letter from the GFA this morning,” Nti told Goal. ”Upon glancing through the letter I think we don’t have any basis to appeal.”

He added: “We [Kotoko] should have taken a cue from what happened last season against Medeama. We suffered immensely from that, I think we don’t learn from experience.”

Kotoko will therefore have to play their remaining home matches including the the match against arch-rivals Hearts of Oak on a neutral grounds.*The Ghana Football Association has told the national team players to forget about taking their wives and girlfriends with them to the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.

The Black Stars will be heading to South America in June to contest football’s showpiece tournament, and a number of squad members are believed to have put forward a proposal allowing them to travel with their significant others.

However, Ghanaian football’s governing body insist the squad will not be permitted any such allowances, with the GFA looking to eradicate any potential distractions.

“We will not accept such a proposal and that is the bottom line,” Ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi told Football411‘s Ghana correspondent Russel Wiafe.

“We have heard that other countries are doing so and if we follow suit it will be good and it will be in the interest of the players, but this is Ghana and not any other country; we have morals, we have rules, we have dignity to protect as a nation, and as far as am concerned no one will accept such a proposal.”

He continued: “The Ghana Football Association for the past years have not seen such a practice so why agree to such a proposal when we know that this can distract some of the players?

“Some cannot concentrate and give their all when they know that their wives and girlfriends are close to them, it is about time we take the bull by the horn and say that the GFA will never accept such a proposal and the players who are thinking of taking their wives and girlfriends to Brazil should rethink again because the FA will not agree to that.”

*KNUST jumped to the summit of the Ashanti Regional hockey league table, albeit on goal difference after smashing Royals 3-1 in last Saturday’s final first round matches.

They leapfrogged Bibiani, even though both teams are tied on eight points to set the stage for a fierce second round.

Ernest Karikari, Samuel Okyere, and Daniel Agyekum, all netted for KNUST before Anthony scored a consolation for Royals.

Bibiani were held to a 0-0 drawn game by third-placed side, Unique, as Seniors continue to occupy the bottom of the table.

The second round matches, which come off on Saurday, have been moved to the Paa Joe Park at KNUST because of the poor nature of the turf at the entrance of the Baba Yara Stadiun.

Kumasi Ladies play KNUST Ladies, Seniors engage KNUST male side, and Royals battle Unique.




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