The Ghana football Associations (GFA) Normalization Committee (NC) has rejected all of Kotoko’s demands ahead of the crunch super Sunday clash against bitterest rivals Accra Hearts of Oak in the semi-finals of the Tier 1 competition.
The two most successful clubs in the country are set to lock horns to revive their rivalry for the first time in 2019 on Sunday, June 16 at the Accra Sports Stadium in the hopes of advancing to the grand finale of the Tier 1 competition in their quest to book qualification for the next edition of the CAF Champions League.
Meanwhile, with just about two weeks to the match, the management of the Porcupine Warriors has through a letter directed to the Normalization Committee requested for the match to be played on a neutral grounds and for their share of the gate proceeds to be increased above the stipulated 30%.
In a letter from the NC earlier today, they have rejected all the request from the Kumasi based side and has referred them to Article 12(5) of the Competitions Regulations which already explains where each of the semi-final matches will be played as well as how the gate proceeds will be shared.
The letter from the NC signed by Deputy General Secretary of the association Amin Ismaila reads, “The GFA NC Special Competition has taken note of the issue raised in your letter and wishes to respectfully respond as follows”.
“Your reference to Article 11(5) of the Regulation is alien to the matter under discussion, and would direct you to refer to Article 12(5) of the Regulations for a clearer understanding”.
“We communicated the revised competition details to you in a letter dated 22nd March 2019 via email on 24th March 2019 as indicated in the attached document”
“The disbursement formula for the sharing of gate proceeds, unfortunately, cannot change”.
“As already indicated in the competition management system, the semi-final match between Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko still remains at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday, June 16, 2019”.
Reports suggest that Kotoko has also decided to pull out of the NC Special Competition and will not honour their semi-finals clash against Hearts of Oak.