The Public Relations Officer of Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Kennedy Boakye Ansah says the club will in the coming days hold seminars to educate its supporters, officials and security on how they should conduct themselves during matches.A week three game between Kotoko and Berekum Chelsea was marred by crowd violence following a decision by the referee.
The chaos led to the shooting of one Kotoko fan by a police officer.
The officer has since been interdicted and a temporal home ban has been placed on Kotoko by the Ghana Football Association.
Boakye Ansah in a phone interview with ghanaweb.com said that the club welcomes the decision by the FA despite its impact on their revenue generation.
He reiterated the club’s stance against violence and said that they will organize a forum to enlighten the fans on the need for them to respect the laws to the game and the dangers of violence at the match venues.
“This was expected because once they were shooting at the stadium, some of us actually knew that we were going to be banned. It’s unfortunate and we condemn the whole incident. We’ve learnt our lessons and will find ways to educate our fans to accept the three accounts of football. You win, lose or draw. We will educate everyone on how they should behave in the stadium.”
“The ban is going to hurt our revenue generation plan because when you play at Kumasi, on a bad day you are guarantee 15,000 supporters for a game but it is also an opportunity for our fans elsewhere to have a feel of the team”.
Players in a good state for Medeama clash
Kennedy Boakye-Ansah said that the shooting incident has not affected the players and they are poised for action tomorrow (Wednesday) against Medeama.
He said that the club’s medical team is working with the players to ensure that they physically and mentally prepared for the match.
“We have a very experienced coach who played at the highest level and represented Kotoko before he became a coach and I’m sure he’s had some talks with the boys. The medical team is also working so hard with the boys. I think we will be ready”.
Medeama will fall
Boakye Ansah also told the fans to expect nothing but victory against the Yellow and Mauves.
The Porcupines are yet to beat Medeama at their backyard in two seasons but their PRO is confident of a good result against the side that is yet to taste defeat this season.
“Over the last two seasons we haven’t been able to bring a point from Tarkwa but we hope that tomorrow’s game will be a bit different from what has happened previously”.