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29.08.2002 Football News

Special rates for Kotoko-Mahala match

By Maurice Quansah
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The Chief Executive of Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Mr Herbert Mensah, says the club is all set for victory over Egyptian side, Ghazel El Mahala, in the first leg quarter-final of the African Cup Winners Cup on Sunday. Kotoko's ambition, he stated, is to overcome the Egyptian hurdle and make history as the first Ghanaian side to advance to the penultimate round of the competition.

Mr Mensah and his management members, George Amoako, Kwame Amoa Bosompem and Kojo Nyarko, on Tuesday briefed the media on the team's preparations for the crunch fixture at the Kumasi Sports Stadium.

El Mehala are due in the country today. According to their travel schedule the 29-man contingent arrived in Accra yesterday morning and continued their journey to Kumasi via a chartered aircraft all at the expense of the host team, in accordance with CAF regulations that stipulates that visiting teams must be transported by air if the port of entry to the match venues covers a distance of 200km or more.

Kotoko, apart from hosting the visiting team for five days, will also bear the travel expenses and allowances of the match officials.

The huge expenses the club would incur, as well as huge debts left behind after their last two continental matches against Angola's Athletico Sonangol and South African side Santos, have compelled Kotoko to charge special rates for Sunday's encounter.

Unlike previous continental matches, Sunday's encounter would kick off at 2.00 p.m., which Kotoko management hopes would help the club maximise attendance as well to ensure that travelling fans depart from Kumasi early enough, given the dangers posed by night driving on the deteriorated Accra-Kumasi Road.

The new rates released are as follows: ¢20,000 for the Popular Stand, ¢25,000 for the Centre Line, ¢50,000 (Outer Wings), ¢100,000 (Inner Wings) and ¢200,000 (VIP Annex). In return, Kotoko have also adopted a comprehensive entertainment package for fans to kick-start the match, with hiplife artistes Tic Tac, Sony Achiba, Papa Shee, among others, performing on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Match Commissioner Bolaji Ojo-Oba is expected in the country today, with the Gambian match officials Messrs, Sowe Modou, Sugufura Sering and Camara Lamin arriving tomorrow.

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