Member of the GFA Medical Committee and CAF Sports Medicine instructor, Dr. Prince Pamboe has cautioned Asante Kotoko not to display photos of their deputy equipment officer, Mr. Thomas Obeng Asare.
Asante Kotoko will take on Accra Hearts of Oak on Sunday at the Baba Yara Stadium in matchweek 23 GPL outstanding game in what will be their first competitive game after the July 12 incident.
In an interview with Atinka FM, the astute medical instructor indicated that that can result in psychological effect and dampen the spirit of the players.
He said; “Considering where they are coming from especially from a tragic event like that, what I know people will try and say is to play this game in honour of the departed and all that but then they need to be cautious of wanting to bring back memories of what happened to them”.
He continued; “And so one of the things they might want to advise themselves is the unnecessary display of the incident or even the departed”.
“That will have the tendency to remind somebody of the incident and we are all not the same when it comes to how mentally tough we are so when a player sees and remembers what happened on the night, it can affect his performance”, he indicated.
“It is psychological and not medical. Medically they are all fit but psychologically, they need to be cautious”. the GFA Medical team member lamented.
“In fact I’m throwing this caution to the fans who might hold placards with images of the dead or the incident and hang some banners with some writings to that effect”, he added.
“They might think such banners and images are a form of support but when players are reminded of it, they might lose focus and result in the dampening of their spirit”, the CAF Medical instructor was quick to say.
Asante Kotoko will like to return to winning ways after the tragic incident and will like to use the match against their rivals as the breakthrough.