Two coaches of Kumasi Asante Kotoko, immediate past and his successor are trading words over who deserves to get credit for a past success of the club.
Coach David Duncan has refused to give credit to his predecessor Mas-Ud Dramani for winning 2014 MTN FA Cup title.
His comments comes in the wake of Kotoko’s failure to defend the trophy they won last term following a 2-1 loss to Medeama last Sunday.
Duncan insists Didi Dramani did not win the FA Cup title with Kotoko last season as he was not the man on the bench for the final match against Inter Allies.
Dramani indeed missed out on the final as he was assigned to scout on the USA team for Ghana ahead of the 2014 World Cup.
His assistant Michael Osei was thus the man in charge of the team in the successful final against Inter Allies.
“He [Didi Dramani] was not in the region, not in the stadium, not in the country and not on the touch line when the final was played,” Duncan said in a clear attempt once more again to antagonise his predecessor.
But Coach Mas-Ud Dramani has reacted by saying attempts made by his successor at Asante Kotoko to discredit him off last season’s FA Cup triumph is simply disrespectful.
Dramani is however insisting that he cannot be sidelined for the feat as he had led the team throughout the preliminary rounds up until the final and that any attempt to discredit him will be disrespectful.
“Well he says I wasn’t around for the final but then what about the matches we played leading up to the final,” he said.
“I was the head coach at the time and we had put in place a comprehensive plan before I left for Florida to scout on the USA team against Nigeria.
“I don’t want to believe that he said this otherwise it will be quite disrespectful.”
Meanwhile, General manager Samuel Opoku Nti is reported to have claimed that the club nearly boycotted the MTN FA cup finals against Medeama in protest of referee Joseph Lamptey’s decision to disallow Richard Mpong’s equaliser.
The Kotoko legend says that management nearly ordered the dissenting players to walk off the field, but reveals that but for the competition’s headline sponsor MTN, who also double as Kotoko’s sponsors, they would have brought the Essipong finals to an abrupt end.
“This is not something I will hide…I have said it and cwill continue to say that it was a decision we nearly took and the only thing that saved thye day was our relationship with MTN”, Nti told Sportscrusader.com.
“We didn’t want to tarnish the name and image of the competition that is being sponsored by MTN who are also our main sponsors”,
“We felt we were cheated and sometimes you need to take action in order to let people know how bad it feels”, He added.
In 2005, a frustrated and visibly charged Kotoko team walked-off during a Top Four game at the Accra Sports Stadium which had been precipitated by perceived unfavorable officiating, the acme of which had been a controversial penalty awarded to Hearts of Lions, Kotoko’s opponents on the day.
That walk-off – which came to be known rather infamously as the ‘Yembor bio’ (‘we refuse to play anymore’, when translated from the Twi language.
From Times Sports Desk