Soccer News of Wednesday, 10 February 2016
Premier League champions AshantiGold have explained that their refusal to receive their runners-up medals at the end of last Sunday’s Super Cup match was as a result of a failure by the organisers to provide the appropriate number of medals for the playing body and technical handlers.
Ashgold players walked off the presentation ceremony after losing 0-1 to Medeama at the Accra Sports Stadium, a boycott that many believed brought the competition into disrepute.
Earlier, the Soccer Miners had protested some decisions of referee David Laryea for perceived injustice.
However, the Communications Director of Ashgold, Kofi Yawson, told Kumasi-based Boss FM on Monday that it was not their intention to bring the game into disrepute.
“We never said we won’t accept the medal, we only registered our dissatisfaction towards the organisers as the medals were fewer than the total number of players and officials we registered for the game.”
“The organisers informed us of only 18 medals instead of the 25 medals we were expecting and so of what essence is it if one climbs the ladder and receive no medal, and combined with our disappointment with officiating we were not in the mood to negotiate,” he explained.
Ashgold will play against Algerian side, MO Bejaia, in their CAF Champions League preliminary round at the Len Clay Stadium at Obuasi on Sunday.