J.E. Sarpong

Kumasi Asante Kotoko have failed once again to qualify into the group stage of the CAF Champions League.

Seven players and four officials were reported to have tested positive for COVID-19 after their mandatory test. This happened when they were preparing for their second leg in Omdurman on Wednesday so the game was called off and on Thursday, CAF declared Al-Hilal victors after they had already beaten Kotoko 1-0 in Ghana.

But before the second game, players of Kotoko demanded payment of unpaid entitlements and were duly paid.

On Dr. Kwaku Ofosu Asare’s programme dubbed ‘INQUEST’, he asked coach J.E. Sarpong whether the action of the players was in the right direction, he said they were right to demand for their unpaid bonuses but not in faraway Sudan.

”Never in the annals of my coaching career have I experienced players act this way towards teams before in away games,” he submitted when asked whether he had experienced such fate.

Coach Sarpong was however quick to add management of the porcupine warriors should not take any action against the players now as they are still playing the Ghana league adding any action taken could be detrimental to the team. He however stressed that Kotoko can take punitive action after first round or the end of the season.

GROUPS BELOW

GROUP A

Al Ahly

AS Vita

Simba

Al Merrikh

GROUP B

TP Mazembe

Mamelodi Sundowns

Al Hilal

Behouzdad

GROUP C

Wydad Casablanca

Horoya

Petro de Luanda

Kaizer Chiefs

GROUP D

Esperance

Zamalek

MC Alger

Teungueth

All first matches would be played on 12th February, 2021.

By Isaac Baiden

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