Friday, March 19, 2010


INJURED Asante Kotoko defender, Gideon Baah, has succefully undergone surgery at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) to repair the damage caused to his leg during last Sunday’s match against Hearts of Oak at the Baba Yara Stadium.
 The degree of injury to the left leg is said to be serious but club sources told the Graphic Sports yesterday that doctors at KATH have after initial investigations indicated the problem could be corrected at the hospital.
 However, the player could be out of action for at least six months after the operation.
 Baah, a budding talent who plays on the left side of defence, sustained what appeared a serious injury when he went into a tango with Hearts striker Samuel Afum after 13 minutes in the match which Hearts won one-nil.
 The defender, who was until the injury, enjoying a good run in the match, went for a fierce tackle on the Hearts striker.
 Afum jumped apparently to avoid the tackle but ended up landing on the left leg of the defender with the studs of his boot.
 Baah screamed as he lay on the turf in pain and was immediately whisked to KATH in an ambulance.
 Meanwhile, Kumasi Asante Kotoko management member, Jarvis Peprah, has set the records straight with regards to an interview he granted the Graphic Sports after the Kotoko-Hearts match last Sunday.
 Jarvis was reported to have stated that the referee for the match, Mr S.B. Bortey went to the Kumasi Airport after the match in the company of a Hearts official and security personnel and therefore called on the Professional League Board (PLB) to investigate the allegation.
 However, Mr Peprah explained that what he actually said was that he heard from some people that the referee was in a hotel with a Hearts official.“I was not imputing any wrongdoing on the part of any Hearts official because it was an allegation", he said.
 Mr Peprah said he only wanted the PLB to investigate the allegation to establish the truth or otherwise of the allegation.
He insisted however that the performance of referee Bortey on the day was appalling on the afternoon.
Mr Peprah said even though Kotoko lost the match against hearts, the performance of the team was not bad as some sought to suggest.
"The players did well but were unlucky on the day. You  know luck plays a part in football and it appears luck was not on our side," he said.

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