Supporters petition for change in Kotoko’s venue

FOLLOWING Asante Kotoko’s 2-1 loss to Algeria’s MC El Eulma in the CAF Champions League Hot Circle 2, one of the supporters’ wings of the club, has formally petitioned the Board Chairman of the club, Mr. Adu-Gyamfi to change the home venue of the club.

In a statement signed by Nkoo Joseph, Chairman of Hot Circle 2 and the National President of Sports Callers Association of Ghana, the supporters’ front believes that the Baba Yara Sports Stadium has not helped their course especially in African Club Competitions.

The supporters’ wing therfore suggested that the Board should adopt the Abrankese Park, previously used by Kessben FC, for at least two years to allow the Baba Yara Sports Stadium to fallow before returning.

In a related development, former Asante Kotoko defender Joseph Hendricks has stated the Ghana Premier league side lacks quality and matured players to compete with the rest of Africa.

The defender believes the CAF Champions league is a huge tournament and without experienced players, triumph in the competition will not come easy for any team.

Hendricks made this comment following his former sides shock elimination from the competition last Sunday by Algerian side MC EL Eulma.

“Materials for the CAF Champions have finished in the system and the ones available are not matured to excel in Africa.

“It is left with only young boys whose understanding of the game is low,” he told Fox fm.

The former captain of the porcupine warriors enjoyed league success with Kotoko but failed to make any impact with the team in Africa during his playing days.

*Chairman of the Black Stars management committee George Afriyie has revealed that Coach Avram Grant will be in the U.S to visit some Ghanaian players and also monitor their performance in the ongoing MLS season.

Grant, who led Ghana to a second place finish in Equatorial Guinea arrived in country last Friday after the international friendlies and was in Kumasi to watch Asante Kotoko buckle under pressure to lose 1-2 at the hands El Eulma.

The former Chelsea boss, in his bid to work with every Ghanaian player, is reported to have scheduled a meeting with Portland Timbers goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey who has declined invitations to play for the Black Stars since the chaotic world cup campaign in Brazil.

Grant will also cease the opportunity to watch at close hand as players like David Accam and Ishmael Yartey all get some game time with their various clubs.

“As you know Grant is in the country and was even in Kumasi to watch Kotoko take on their CAF Champions League opponents,” George Afriyie told Accra based Citi FM

“We have tasked him to watch some games in Ghana and their continental commitment but he is billed to travel to the U.S soon to meet some players and monitor them.

“After he will return to continue monitoring the local league.”

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