Sports News of Friday, 22 January 2016
The management of Asante Kotoko has explained why striker, Amed Toure was not registered for the new season.
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) closed its online player registration on Wednesday, January 20, 2016.
Kotoko duly registered 29 players – 14 being new players with the same number of players retained from last season and one, Felix Annan back from a loan stint.
Conspicuously missing from that 29-man squad for the upcoming season was Ahmed Toure, who made a third comeback to the team at the start of the 2014/15 season after signing a three-year contract.
Accra Representative, Edmund Ackah – an instrumental figure in the club’s registration process told Asantekotokosc that, Toure was not registered because management could not establish his whereabouts.
“Along the line he was away for national assignment, which was understandable. We didn’t hear from him again even after we formally wrote to him demanding answers to his unexplained absence,” said Ackah.
The management member continued that, at a time when the pre-season had started with recruitment also over and the forward’s whereabouts unknown, it would have been improper to register him.
“Toure neither reported for training nor did he respond to our letter. With the technical team proceeding with their work, we concluded that adding him to our registration list wasn’t going to serve the club’s interest,” Ackah said.