Seven players of Kumasi Asante Kotoko Sporting Club have been sanctioned by their new Head Coach,,Zdravko Logarusic, for insubordination.
The seven players who were excluded from Sunday’s friendly match against King Faisal also face pay cuts for reporting late for the trial match.
They are goalkeepers, Felix Annan and Ernest Sowah; defenders Evans Quao and Eric Donkor;midfielders, Akwasi Nti and Emmanuel Gyamfi and striker, Kwame Boateng.
Assistant Coach Michael Osei told newsmen the seven players reported to the Baba Yara Sports Stadium after their 2pm reporting time.
“All of the players were told to report at the stadium at 2pm but the seven players came late. Some of them were 15 minutes late while others were 30 minutes late. So Coach Zdravko ordered them out” Michael Osei told the Sporting Times.
Asked if there was going to be additional punishment, Michael Osei answered in the affirmative, saying: “They will suffer pay cuts but we have not yet decided on how much”.
In the match itself, the Porcupines beat King Faisal 2-0 with two first half goals from Kwame Boahene and Yakubu Mohammed.
Sunday’s match was the third in the pre-season period.
In the first match, Kotoko lost 0-1 to Unity FC at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium but they beat Asokwa Deportivo 3-0 at Adako Jachie in their second match.
In another development, Asante Kotoko SC has transfer-listed seven players including former Accra Great Olympics striker, Kwame Boateng and midfielder Theophilus Nyame.
Reports from the camp of the Porcupine Warriors suggest that Nyame has also asked the club to release him since his future is not clear with the arrival of Michael Akuffo and Seth Opare.
Also expected to go out on loan are Akwasi Nti, Emmanuel Osei, Bennett Ofori and Michael Yeboah, who was signed after a trial session last season.
Burkinabe winger Halipha Sanogo has also requested to travel to his country to sort out some personal problems.
From Kingsley E.Hope, Kumasi