Tuesday, February 10, 2009


KUMASI Asante Kotoko may be brooding over their loss to Accra Hearts of Oak but they are laughing all the way to the bank.
Even in the midst of what appeared daylight ticket racketeering, Asante Kotoko realised a gross of GH¢190,000 from the gates in last Sunday's top liner against Hearts of Oak at the Baba Yara Stadium.
Last Sunday’s figure ranks lower than the GH¢220,000 recorded at the same venue last season when the two teams met in a similar league match that ended in a 3-3 draw.
Some of the fans were alleged to have found their way into the stadium last Sunday under mysterious circumstances.
Many jumped the walls while others bought fake tickets at the gates.
Indeed, officials say about 10,000 tickets remained unsold, buttressing the allegation of ticket racketeering.
The Kotoko management had planned to use part of the proceeds from last Sunday's match to finance the construction of training pitches at Adako-Jachie.
Regarding the match, Kototo's influential defender, Samuel Inkoom, admitted in a post-match interview that the team did not have their day but said, "We have to thank God for what happened."
Inkoom and his compatriots at the back never had things easy and when Hearts' defender Hassan Mohammed cut his cross in front of goal and followed up to connect home during the ensuing mix-up in the 11th minute, everything went wrong for Kotoko.
It was to the credit of the experienced Stephen Oduro that Kotoko beat down the score as he scored a great goal from some 25 yards out.

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