'Kotoko are behind Dr Sarpong'

Author: Samuel Amoesi
Edmund Ackah
Edmund Ackah

Despite the temporary ban handed to Kumasi Asante Kotoko’s Policy Analyst, Dr Amo Sarpong, the management of the club has pledged its support for their colleague.

Dr Sarpong was allegedly involved in a shooting incident that sparked off crowd violence at the Golden City Park in Berekum during the Normalisation Committee Special Cup match between Berekum Chelsea and Kotoko on Sunday which led to the injury of scores of fans.

Following that, the Golden City Park has been banned by the FA, with the Kotoko official suspended from all football-related activities until further notice.

But a management member of the club, Edmund Ackah, said although Dr Sarpong would comply with the directive of the ban, the Kotoko management would stand behind him when he appears before the Disciplinary Committee of the GFA.

“The Asante Kotoko management will appear before the Disciplinary Committee to support Amo Sarpong. We welcome his temporary ban and for his own security he will comply with it till the case is heard,” he told FOX FM in Kumasi.

According to Mr Ackah, there had been a false reportage on the incident which led to his colleague firing the warning shot, but he would refrain from discussing it while investigations were ongoing by the authorities.

"What I know (about the incident that led to Amo Sarpong pulling a pistol at Berekum) is a bit different from what has been reported out there. I will restrict myself a little because the case is with the Disciplinary Committee.

“His decision to pull out the gun was due to a mob attack on him by numerous fans of Berekum Chelsea,” he noted.