The body representing league clubs in the country – Ghana League Clubs Association (GHALCA) – has apologised to fans and supporters who trooped to the Baba Yara Stadium to watch the President Cup between Kotoko and Hearts of Oak – only to return home after just ten minutes of play due to torrential rains.
Centre referee Bernard Domfeh, brought proceedings to a close after realising the incessant drizzling has soaked up the pitch – making movement and bouncing of the ball difficult after just 10 minutes of play.
Though such incidence are no fault of the organizers – nor the two teams involved and considered as ‘force majeure’ – leader of the association, Kudjoe Fianoo, has apologised to the teeming supporters who defiled the rains and came in their numbers to support their team.
“I will have to apologise to all the spectators and anyone who was connected to the game yesterday,” Kudjoe Fianoo told Kumasi-based Kumasi FM.
“What happened is beyond our control. We thought we could manage the pitch but it had to be called off due to Asante Kotoko’s champions league fixture with Etoille du Sahel.
“This is to prevent the players from sustaining injuries ahead of the game. In the same vein, the Local Black Stars will use the same pitch for their preparations. So in other not to put the pressure on the pitch the game had to be called off.
“All that we can say for now is to apologise to the fans and massage the gate fees to appease the fans when a replay comes off,” Fianoo added.
“We are looking forward to reschedule the game after Kotoko’s champions league fixture,” he concluded.
By: Kofi Amoah