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23.02.2005 Football News

Kotoko Players Apologize

By Mike Oti Adjei for JoyOnline
Kotoko Players Apologize
LISTEN FEB 23, 2005

Players of Kumasi Asante Kotoko players have apologized for their behaviour during a training tour of Burkina Faso.

Key players of the Porcupine Warriors boycotted training before and during the Burkina tour and returned to Kumasi with a litany of accusations against the club's management.

The players among others alleged they were poorly fed during their stay in Ouagadougou.

And there have been suggestions that many of the senior players are unhappy with the appointment of Malik Jabir and are keen to sabotage him.

But striker Micahel Osei told the coach at the meeting that the players are firmly behind him and apologized on behalf of the playing body for the resulting events from the Burkina tour.

Kotoko have struggled to put their act together since losing the Caf Confederations Cup on home soil to arch rivals Hearts of Oak.

They have fallen out with other league clubs in Ghana while coach Malik Jabir strives for a winning formula ahead of their crucial Caf champions league qualifier against Royal Armed Forces of Morocco next two weeks.

Meanwhile, new coach Malik Jabir has named his new assistant to replace the often chastised Paa Kwesi Fabin and Clifford Odame.

His new number two, Zito Karim, a former Kotoko defender has been brought in from the Feyenoord Fetteh Academy where he was part of Sam Arday's pool of coaching talents.