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The Chairman of the Ghana League Clubs Association, (GHALCA), Cudjoe Fianoo, says the Association has formally requested the Ghana Football Association to postpone all the Week 23 league matches scheduled for this weekend.
This, if granted, will enable all the league clubs to share in the agony of Asante Kotoko.
The request follows the fatal accident involving officials and players of Asante Kotoko near Nkawkaw on the Kumasi-Accra highway.
The team was returning from Accra where they played Inter Allies in their Week 22 Ghana Premier League match at the El Wak Stadium on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.
The bus rammed into a stationary truck loaded with fertilizer at about 9.45 pm yesterday killing the Assistant Equipment Officer of the Team, Thomas Asare on the spot.
Briefing the media in Kumasi today, (Thursday) the Lawyer for Asante Kotoko, Yaw Boafoah said the Head Coach of Asante Kotoko Football Club, Steve Polack is among three survivors of last night’s road accident.
He said two other persons who sustained serious injuries are still on admission at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital receiving medical attention.
They are the driver of the Team bus, Nana Berchie and an Upfield player, Ashitey Olenu. All the other occupants of the bus have been treated and discharged but still under monitoring by the team’s medical team. However, body of the deceased, Thomas Asare has been deposited that the morgue of the Holy Family Hospital at Nkawkaw pending completion of Police investigation into the incident.
Lawyer Yaw Boafo said Kotoko have officially written to inform the Ghana Football Association about the incident and are looking forward to the response of the Association.
According to him, reports that the other vehicle was in motion at the time of the accident is incorrect saying that a mate of the tipper truck who was said to be sleeping under that vehicle at the time also died.
Lawyer Boafo thanked the GFA for its prompt response to the accident by sending two of its two senior managers to commiserate with the team.
The Head of the Team’s Medical Team, Dr. Michael Leat, said the condition of the players to engage in any football activity including playing in the ongoing national premier league cannot be determined now considering the psychological and emotional trauma they have had to endure aside from the physical injuries.
According to him, the team has been advised to suspend its training schedules to allow the players and technical staff to undergo adequate treatment to properly condition themselves for the league.
In a related development, the Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah, has, on behalf of the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council and government, donated a cash of ten thousand Ghana Cedis to Asante Kotoko towards the medical cost of the both the players and technical staff of the team. He also wished the injured a speedy recovery.