Sports News Fri, 25 Jan 2019

AshantiGold CEO Fred Acheampong withdraws ‘greedy’ comment, apologises to Kotoko

Ashanti Gold SC Chief Executive Officer Frederick Acheampong described regional rivals Asante Kotoko as being 'greedy' in a radio interview after the latter officially asked for the services of three players from the Miners, but has withdrawn his word 'upon a second thought'.

Asante Kotoko head coach Akonnor is keen to strengthen his squad after guiding the Porcupine Warriors to the group stage of the Confederations Cup, and the club has written to Ashanti Gold SC asking for the services of James Akamenko, Shafiu Mumuni and in form Richard Djodi.

According to Acheampong, he had a verbal agreement with Kotoko for only Shafui, but was taken aback to see Kotoko asking for three players in their letter,leaving him lose it while addressing the issue in a radio interview.

Fred Acheampong showed a deep remorse speaking to FOX FM and admitted to have used the word 'greedy' to describ Kotoko's approach, but regrets and asks for forgiveness from those offended by his comment.

'To be honest with with you I used that word, greedy, but just after I granted that interview a closed friend of mine at Manhyia (palace) drew my attention to comment and I immediately admitted that I went overboard and I shouldn't have used that word', Fred Acheampong said in an interview with FOX FM.

Fred has been criticised hugely by many after his comment, accusing him of having dragged the image of the Ashanti Kingdom through the mud, but the renowned sports journalist rejected such claims on grounds that he equally hails from same Kingdom.

'People have accused me of speaking against Ashantis but I'm an Ashanti too, it's true I shouldn't have used that word and on second thought I wouldn't have used that word and I withdraw it', he stated.

On the contrary, Asante Kotoko are said to have ended their interest in the chase of the said players after Fred Acheampong's comments, but the club are yet to officially make public pronouncements on such reports.

Source: ghanaguardian.com