Soccer News of Friday, 12 February 2016
Former Kumasi Asante Kotoko midfielder, Sarfo Gyamfi has donated a set of anklets and sheen guards to the playing body to help protect the players from injuries as the new Ghana Premier League season (GPL) draws closer.
Sarfo Gyamfi nicknamed the ‘Black President’ is a legend of the club who played for the club between 1985 and 1990 and his untainted love for Kotoko is open to all and it is that the driving force behind his donation to the club to help the course of reclaiming the league title they lost to regional rivals Ashgold. In a related development the team doctor of Kotoko, Dr. Kwaku Boateng Arthur had earlier advised teams in the Ghana premier League on the importance of wearing football protective kits during training and football matches.
He said, “our pitches here in Ghana are uneven unlike it is in Europe or developed countries and for this reason we call on all footballers to wear anklets or ankle support before a match. The anklet will protect a footballers ankle or give it support should a footballer twist the ankle during a game.”
Some Ghanaian footballers in the local league are noted for playing football matches without their protective gears. Injuries that are avoidable have hit Ghanaian players due to their ignorance and also the poor nature of the playing pitches at some league centres.
In an interview with Kumasi baed, Boss fm, the ‘Black president’ said, “Lately Kotoko players get injured easily and that is a worry to me. Recently Dauda Mohammed got injured and I had the opportunity of seeing his injured leg.” “What I witnessed what he had put on the socks without any protective kit either for the ankle or the sheen and a team like Kotoko should not have players play football without the protective wears. This influenced my donation of the kits and hope I can do more in the future,” he added.
Kotoko will play division one side, Vision FC in a club friendly match on Wednesday as coach David Duncan and his players fine tune preparations towards the commencement of the league on Feb 20.