AshantiGold SC’s head coach C.K Akunnor is confident his side will remain in the league after the 2016/2017 Ghana Premier League comes to an end.
The ex Black Stars player who said his club will not be relegated is hopeful they can start their relegation survival at home to Berekum Chelsea when they play the BA side on Wednesday.
In an exclusive interview with Success 90.9 FM at Goaso in the Brong Ahafo, the former Dreams FC coach was quick to respond to when asked if his side can avoid relegation saying “Of course we will survive relegation”.
“It is a difficult task but we believe that we have the capacity to do well”, he indicated.
“We need to be consistent with our results to ensure we avoid being relegated”, he lamented.
“We have the best players at our disposal and were the same players that won against Accra Hearts of Oak and also recorded four straight wins”, C.K Akunnor said when asked if the players are the best.
Akunnor whose side lost 1-0 to Bechem United in their last outing was critical of officiating in Ghana and called on the referees to up their performances saying; “Officiating is very poor in Ghana especially when away”.
“Ghanaian referees are spoiling the league and if we want the league to improve, then the referees must be up and doing as they will make all your efforts in vain”, C.K Akunnor added.
He continued; “I am not attributing to what happened at Bechem but to officiating in general in the country. If a club thinks he is helping a club, he is just spoiling the club and their players because they will not make them see their shortfalls”, he indicated.
When asked what effects it brings to our game, the ex Black Stars captain indicated that poor officiating are the reason why our clubs are not doing well in Africa and also our local national team not able to qualify for the CHAN tournament.
He said; “It is a reason why our clubs don’t do well in Africa and also why our CHAN team failed to qualify. It isn’t that the coach being bad but all these are factors that attributed to it”.
“This is also a reason why our league’s top-scorer fails to perform when they leave outside the country and why our clubs exit at the first stage of the CAF Inter-club competitions”, he added.
AshantiGold SC saw their defender Samad Ibrahim collapsed on the field when they played Bechem United and when asked how he was doing, the head coach was quick to say; “He is stable and responding well to treatment. No fears”.
On the game on Wednesday, he indicated; “It will be a difficult game but the approach is to win the game against Berekum Chelsea. We want to avoid relegation and we need to win on Wednesday”.
Ghana will seek to qualify for the 2018 World Cup at Russia and sit third in Group D after two round of games played and with just four matches left to decide who qualify to the World Cup, the AshantiGold SC’s head coach said; “We have a good coach and with the game on Friday, we will take all maximum points against Congo Brazzaville”.
“With our win, I will also hope that leaders Egypt will also drop points against Uganda to see if we can be able to qualify. If we win and they also replicate that, we cant qualify”, he reiterated.
“We will know what happens after the round of games”, he concluded.