The Head Coach of Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Michael Osei has fined three players for indulging in community matches otherwise known as ‘Sunday Special’.
The three players: Richard Osei Agyeman, Edwin Tuffour and Atta Kusi will suffer some deductions in their January salaries for their disobedience. Edwin Tuffour and Atta Kusi will lose GHC100 each, however, Richard Osei Agyeman will lose half of his salary.
The club already has a rule that restrict players from participating in such matches. However, the trio defied the rule and engaged in different matches organised at some Kumasi suburbs during the Christmas break.
Michael Osei was earlier alerted about this incident and instantly phoned the players involved and warn them to stay away. The trio promised not to return to those matches but Osei Agyeman didn’t honour his promise as he went back to play in a New Year match organised at a suburb near the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
After The team resumed training from the yuletide break on Monday, Michael Osei gave a stern warning to all the players and then announced the punishment for the trio. “I heard they were playing community games against the rule banning those matches. I called and warned them personally and they promised they won’t do that again”.
“I also spoke to Agyeman and warned him but I heard he played one of those games near KNUST yesterday. For his punishment, he will lose half of his January salary. Atta Kusi and Tuffour would also lose GH100 each”.
“This is to ensure discipline. The playing surface at where you play these games are not good and you can easily get injured. I keep telling you that you have gone beyond the level of such games” he said warning that, the club wouldn’t treat offending players lightly.