Interim chief trainer of Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Michael Osei, believes poor officiating especially in away matches denied his side this season’s Ghana Premier League title.
Osei took over from David Duncan after seven matches and helped them to stay afloat for greater part of the season.
Kotoko ended the season without a silverware after also suffering elimination from the MTN FA Cup.
“Maybe, it because we had poor officiating in the second round, because when we go for away games, the way the home teams get the upper hand in officiating is not the same for us when we play at home so it one of the factors,” Osei said.
Meanwhile, the caretaker manager has confirmed suspending six players for failing to comply with camp rules.
Osei did not use the six players in Kotoko’s final league clash against WAFA at the Baba Yara Stadium yesterday. Midfielder Theophilius Nyame, Emmanuel Asante, Samuel Kyere, Atta Kusi, Ahmed Adams and Ofori Antwi are the suspended players.
However, Kyere has been demoted to the Under-17 team and fined for writing something unacceptable on his Facebook wall. “It is true. I have suspended six players,” Osei told Nhyira FM.
“Samuel Kyere, Emmanuel Asante, Eric Ofori Antwi, Ahmed Adams, Atta Kusi and Theophilius Nyame but with Samuel Kyere, he has been demoted to the under-17 team and has been fined by the club as well. I am a disciplined coach and I want to instill it in the players because I always tell them that to play for Kotoko is a big honour to you as a player.”