18.05.2005 Football News

AshGold Supporters want Andy Sam sacked

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Obuasi, May 18, GNA-The Ashanti Gold Football Club's Chief Executive, Captain Andy Sam (Rtd.) sneaked out of the Len Clay Stadium minutes before his side's game against Kumasi King Faisal came to an end last Sunday.

This followed security concerns when it became clear that the irate fans were organising to attack him at the end of the match. The alertness of the security operatives made up of personnel from the Police and the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) was necessitated by the fans similar action when AshGold played a 1-1 draw with Berekum Arsenals at the Len Clay Stadium.

AshGold, who lost 1-3 to Faisal were then trailing 1-2 at the time the Chief Executive was aided out of the stadium.

The irate fans are blaming Andy Sam for the recent poor performance of the Club in the on-going GT Premier League. AshGold has won two matches, drawn one and lost three.

They maintained that the Chief Executive was not recruiting the right calibre of players, hence the poor showing especially in matches at their own favourite stadium.

The angry fans further accused Captain Sam of not respecting the views of the supporters.

But Mr James Elvis Oduro, the former national Vice Chairman of the Supporters Union, was not happy that the supporters were blaming the Chief Executive for the Club's performance.

"We should leave Captain Sam alone and rather put pressure on the Board of Directors which is under the Chairmanship of Mr Dan Owiredu." The former National Vice Chairman said AshGold, as a Club does not have a Public Relations Officer, Director of Operations and other key positions in management and "that is making management of the Club not sound."

Mr Oduro blamed some of the players for lack of commitment, which he said, was contributing to the poor outing of the club. When the GNA contacted Captain Sam on phone, he was content with what he had done so far for the Club.

"I am doing my best. Most of the players are either experienced or of international standard.

Just recently, I have recruited Kotoko's former Captain, Joe Hendricks, and if I put such players on the field to play, how do you blame me if they fail to perform", Captain Sam said.

The Chief Executive explained that it was the Board that can call for his sack and not the supporters.

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