We didn’t steal towels in Kenya – Kotoko defender clarifies

Asante Kotoko full back Augustine Sefah has clarified claims of theft involving the club in a hotel in Kenya.

Kotoko players were accused of stealing face towels at a Nairobi hotel after their CAF Confederations Cup match against Kariobangi Sharks on Saturday, December 15 at MISC Kasarani.

However, the wing back explained they used the face towels but none of the players took any away.

“What we took were face towels but we didn’t bring them to Ghana. What happened was that some of the players took them (face towels) to the dressing room at the stadium where the match was played so that they use it after showering at the end of the game. Some of the players even left the towels in the dressing room. Some too left them in the bus that transported us to the stadium” Sefah explained on Alpha Radio.

“I myself saw the face towel that Frederick Boateng left in the dressing room after using it. If there is anything we wanted to take to Ghana it would have been the big bath towels. They are very white and large. That is what we would have taken to Ghana if we wanted but we did not.” the full-back added.

“Felix (Annan) also took one of the bath towels to the stadium and that was what he used during the game against the Kenyans but we went back to the hotel with it.” Sefah revealed.

Meanwhile, Assistant Manager of the City Lodge hotel in Nairobi, Allan Kimani spoke to Vision 1 FM to offer clarity on the matter, reports primenewsghana.com.

“It is true that certain items are missing from the hotel rooms but we cannot attribute that to Asante Kotoko as we have had many visitors within the same week. We cannot say that. ” Allan Kimani said.

Asante Kotoko landed in Nairobi on Thursday last week for a CAF Confederations Cup against local side Kariobangi Sharks and days after it is alleged the Reds have ‘stolen’ towels on their departure from City Lodge hotel where the team were lodging in Kenya.

“As far as I and the staff know, we have nothing that is missing that we can attribute to Asante Kotoko. This is a public environment of course where another guest could pick something, it could be a towel in the room, but we can’t say its Asante Kotoko as we’ve had many guests as well so from our end I will say it’s not true,” he emphatically stated.

He further stated that some items are indeed stolen but that has nothing to do with the Kumasi-based club and they do not know where the false reportages are coming from.

Asante Kotoko drew goalless on Saturday with Kariobangi Sharks but as the visitors left Nairobi, they were reported to have left with some stolen face towels from the hotel they were stayed.

In fact, it is believed that the Porcupine Warriors were held hostage for some of the items to be retrieved.

The second leg of the match is scheduled for Saturday, December 22 at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi and the winner will book a spot in the lucrative CAF Confederation Cup group stage.

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