Porcupine Warriors chief talks to Accra media outlets about recent club events
Asana Kotoko, chief executive, Nana Yaw Amponsah, believes they could have won the Ghana Premier League if they had not had to play their home games on neutral ground.
Due to ongoing refurbishment work at their famous Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi, the Porcupine Warriors started playing the season with their home games at Accra Sports Stadium before later switching to Len Clay Stadium in Obuasi.
Before the last round of matches, Kotoko occupies the second position on the league table, with arch-enemy Hearts of Oak already confirmed as champions.
“If we had played in Baba Yara Stadium, we would have won this league by a gap of 10 points, because at one point we were ahead of Hearts of Oak by four points,” Amponsah said. Happy sports.
‘But we thank God we were not ashamed of ourselves, considering all the disadvantages.
‘Some of the judging decisions that went against Kotoko this season, I believe if it was in the Baby Yara Stadium, would be the fear of God in some people.
“We all know that home advantage plays a key role in our football.”
Amponsah also sheds light on their unsuccessful attempt to record Ghanaian legend Asamoah Gyan, who has returned to the domestic league after 17 years abroad.
The veteran striker was widely associated with the Kumasi team, but joined Legon Cities sensationally on a transfer deadline, much to the disappointment of the Porcupine fraternity.
In place of the forward, Kotoko secured the services of Brazilian striker Fabio Gama.
“At one point we wanted Asamoah Gyan. We pushed, but that did not happen when we chose Fabio Gama,” the chief executive said.
He also called for calm among the fans following the turn of this quarter.
‘I would appeal to our fans to be patient, because we will never have a perfect team, but then we have a formidable team. If I signed five players and scored three or more, is that a failure? He finally asked.
Amponsah was appointed CEO of Looking in August last year.