Athletics News of Thursday, 9 July 2020
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Previous Asante Kotoko goalkeeper, Isaac Amoako, has disclosed that the actively playing overall body and employees involved in their 2017 highway accident are but to acquire any compensation from the club, nearly three many years after the incident happened.
The enjoying human body and other employees of the club on July 12, 2017 right after a 1- defeat to Inter Allies in Accra in a matchday-22 clash, ran into a stationary truck at Nkawkaw, although returning to their Kumasi base.
The accident claimed the everyday living of Kotoko’s gear Officer, Thomas Obeng Asare, and led to a variety of accidents sustained by players including Baba Mahama, Ahmed Adams, Ollenu Ashitey, Michael Akuffo as properly as head coach at the time – Steve Pollack.
Talking on BA TV’s early morning present Anopa Busuo Sports activities, Amoako – who is the spokesman for the incident victims, expressed his disappointment in the Kotoko leadership for failing to honour their promise of financially compensating the victims of the incident immediately after numerous appeals because 2017.
“Sunday, July 14, 2020 will mark a few a long time considering the fact that the horrific incident took place and we are nonetheless to receive a penny from Kotoko or obtain a concrete promise as to when our compensations would be paid out,” stated Amoako.
He disclosed that for the duration of the time, they were being promised that all the donations and items collected on their behalf would be placed into a fund and at some point disbursed to the group. That promise, he asserted, was nevertheless to be fulfilled.
Amoako who put in 11 a long time at the club just after becoming a member of the Porcupine Warriors from Ashantigold in 2006, stated that the negligence by the Kotoko leadership to pay out their compensations struck residence painfully as they have been included in the accident in the line of their specialist duty.
“The refusal of the Kotoko leadership to shell out our monies has positioned a major toll on most of the players and workers customers included.
“We were expecting that considering the fact that we experienced the accident in the effectiveness of our professional obligation, we would be approached and be compensated alongside one another with our people but none of that has occurred.
“Longest-serving staff driver Nana Berchie has been at household considering the fact that the incident, while gamers these as Baba Mahama and Ollenu Ashitey have experienced their taking part in occupations stymied.”
In accordance to Amoako, they appeared right before the recent three-member committee led by Prof Lydia Nkansah that held deliberations to address pertinent problems influencing the club with the committee promising to ahead their grievances to the correct authorities.
He reported they were being informed that the recently-constituted board led by prior board chairman, Dr Kwame Kyei – who held that position at the time of the accident, had commenced spending off various debts incurred by the club.
Based mostly on that, he expressed a glimmer of hope that they may possibly be factored in.
He, however, additional that in spite of petitioning the new board about their plight, they have been yet to acquire an formal response or invitation to discuss their situation.
With Sunday, July 14 marking precisely a few several years since the tragic incident happened, Amoako explained, they would allow their voices go out to draw focus to their plight which has not been attended all this whilst.
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