Sports News of Monday, 18 January 2016
Kumasi Asante Kotoko deputy Operations Manager, Ali Maradona has told the of Accra Hearts of Oak, Opare Addo to think before talking to the media.
Opare Addo alleged that the management of Asante Kotoko influenced Libyan Journalist Khalifa Ramani to paint a poor image of the club’s performance against Al Ittihad when they visited the Libyan capital for a pre-season friendly.
Accra Hearts of Oak suffered back to back defeats, conceding five goals and scoring only one.
Upon their return to Ghana, Kotoko travelled to the north African to play the same opposition and lost the first leg 2-1. But a Libyan Journalist, who watch both Ghanaian teams against the same opposition, was impressed with the latter’s output.
“I think the team who came from Ghana and played against Ahly don’t know how to play football, their balls are always up, they can’t pass three times, they can’t pass the ball they don’t know how to play football,” he said.
“I have watched Kotoko during training, they pass the ball very beautifully and very marvelous and they have a lot of quality players but the other team I swear to God they don’t know to play football.”
These observations did not go down well with Hearts of Oak and their PRO, Opare Addo claims Kotoko were behind those comments.
And the deputy operations manager of Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Ali Maradona popularly known as Kotoko MP told him to think through his words before vomiting such nonsense.
“Sometimes we don’t want to focus on what they say, but Opare Addo should have thought before talking,” he told Vision One FM.
“During our stay in Libya we had no friends it was a typical football business, from training grounds to our hotel, it was pure football,” He added.
Asante Kotoko suffered a 2-1 defeat in the first encounter but recorded a stalemate in the reverse fixture.