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The airwaves of almost all the Kumasi based radio stations last Thursday, were inundated with words of grace and comfort following the news that the bus carrying players and management members of Kumasi Asante Kotoko had been involved in an accident.

The accident, which happened last Wednesday night from reports was as a result of an almost stationary vehicle that had blocked the path of the Kotoko team bus.

However, the news of the incident gained grounds in the early hours of Thursday drawing a large flow of support and fellow feeling from people from all walks of life.

Residents who live close to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi, like the flash of light flooded the facility upon hearing that almost all the injured players and officials of Kotoko had been transferred from the Holy Family Hospital in Koforidua to Ashanti's premier facility.


As at the time of filing this report, the assistant coach of Kotoko, Godwin Ablordey and about five players including Michael Akuffu, Obed Owusu and Ahmed Adams were out of danger.

The head coach, Steve Pollack, who was in some severe pain from the fracture he received on his neck had been stabilized by the doctors at the Accident and Emergency Unit of KATH.

Gideon Botwe, one of the official photojournalists with the KOTOKO Express team and was on the bus had also been treated from the cut he suffered behind his right eye.

Ashitey Ollenu, a striker of the team was in critical condition and was undergoing scrutiny by the medical team at KATH.

 However, unconfirmed reports reaching GO indicated that the physical trainer of the team, one Mr Kofi Asare died on the spot in Nkawkaw during the accident.


In a statement released by the Ghana Football Association (GFA), the accident of the Kotoko team was a blow to the entire FA.

The statement also expressed its hope that the injured players and officials recover quickly from the pain and injuries they sustained in the incident.

The Premier League Board (PLB) as at the time of going to press were yet to officially communicate to the public whether this Sunday's Super Clash between Kumasi Asante Kotoko and their rivals Accra Hearts of Oak would come off as scheduled.

The Ghana League Clubs Association (GHALCA) are expected to visit the Kotoko team at the hospital.

Story by Michael Ofosu-Afriyie, Kumasi

2017-07-13 @22:41:51


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