A section of Kumasi Asante Kotoko fans nearly did the unthinkable when they attempted to beat interim head coach, Michael Osei, for what they described as his ineptitude after the club’s goalless drawn game with Bechem United, on Sunday.
The caretaker coach was whisked away into a private car by one of the club’s body guards from the irate supporters, immediately after the match, which did not make it possible for him to appear for a post-match conference, while reporters had piled up in the conference hall waiting for him.
The fans did not understand why the coach could not device a strategy to battle the visitors who booted them out of the MTN FA Cup competition, adding that the coach lacked confidence.
They claimed that the Bechem lads played the same pattern during their encounter in the MTN competition and stressed “as a coach you should read between the lines”.
Kotoko’s performance during the 19th week encounter was below par as the players seemed not to have played to any game plan, and according to the angry fans “all the wins that have propelled the team to the third spot on the league table have been sheer luck, no game plan from any coach”.
But the incident has been condemned by some management members calling on the fans to look back where the club was on the premiership ladder after six matches in the first round of the premiership
The management members who would not want their names to be mentioned said it was out of place for the fans to have gone to that extent of attempting to beat up the coach.
“These wayward lifestyles of football fans seeking to beat coaches for the slightest ill-luck should be a thing of the past, it should not be encouraged”, they pointed out.
According to the management members, the team now needs the support of the supporters and not to put fear in them and urged all of the followers to rise up and throw their weight behind the players.
However, Coach Osei has sent apologies to the entire Kotoko fraternity and gave assurance that there would be good results as they play Ebusua Dwarfs in Cape Coast today.
From Kingsley E. Hope, Kumasi