Hearts, Kotoko fixture postponed indefinitely; match day 23 fixtures moved to Sunday

Sports News of Friday, 14 July 2017

Source: mynewsgh.com

2017-07-14

Kotoko Hearts PlaygThe matches will be played on a later date than scheduled

The Premier League Board has asked all clubs in the Premier league in Ghana to observe a minute silence during their match day 23 in solidarity with Kumasi Asante Kotoko.

Players, Technical team and management members of Kumasi Asante Kotoko were involved in a ghastly accident while journeying back to Kumasi from Accra where they lost a midweek fixture at Inter Allies.

One official of the club, Thomas Asare met his untimely death whiles several other players and officials sustained several degrees of injuries.

A statement from the Premier league Board said “The Premier League Board (PLB) has postponed the match day 23 Premier League fixture between Kumasi Asante Kotoko and Accra Hearts of Oak which was scheduled for Sunday July 16 at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi. The decision to postpone the match indefinitely follows the tragic accident involving Asante Kotoko on their way to Kumasi after their Match Day 22 league match with Inter Allies in Accra”.

It further indicated that “The PLB has directed all club officials and players to wear red and black armbands for the seven Match DAY 23 matches, which will go ahead as scheduled, except that the matches have been moved to Sunday instead of the earlier announced Saturday date. The only Saturday match will be the televised game between Bechem United and Bolga All Stars”.

The statement also said “the PLB has further directed the observation of a minute silence in honour of the departed official of Kotoko before all Match Day 23 Premier League matches”.

See statement here

PRESS RELEASE: POSTPONEMENT OF PREMIER LEAGUE MATCH DAY 23 FIXTURE BETWEEN KUMASI ASANTE KOTOKO AND ACCRA HEARTS OF OAK

The Premier League Board (PLB) has postponed the match day 23 Premier League fixture between Kumasi Asante Kotoko and Accra Hearts of Oak which was scheduled for Sunday July 16 at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi.

The decision to postpone the match indefinitely follows the tragic accident involving Asante Kotoko on their way to Kumasi after their Match Day 22 league match with Inter Allies in Accra.

The PLB is deeply saddened by the development, and expresses its deepest commiseration to Asante Kotoko. Our prayers and thoughts are with family of Mr Thomas Asare, the departed Assistant Equipment Manager, and we pray to Almighty God to heal the injured players and officials.

A PLB delegation has been despatched to visit Kumasi Asante Kotoko in Kumasi to express the Board’s support in this difficult time.

Meanwhile the PLB has directed all club officials and players to wear red and black armbands for the seven Match DAY 23 matches, which will go ahead as scheduled, except that the matches have been moved to Sunday instead of the earlier announced Saturday. The only Saturday match will be the televised game between Bechem United and Bolga All Stars.

The PLB has further directed the observation of a minute silence in honour of the departed official of Kotoko before all Match Day 23 Premier League matches.

Finally, the PLB commends all those who assisted Kotoko during the difficult moment, as well as Okwawu United, who made their bus available to transport injured Kotoko players to Kumasi.

SIGNED

ASHFORD TETTEY-OKU

(CHAIRMAN, PLB)

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