barred from driving to training grounds
By: Jerome Otchere
Players of Kumasi Asante Kotoko cannot drive their vehicles to
the team’s training ground according to a new directive issued
by the technical team.
This directive, among others enjoins them to rather drive from
their various houses to the Baba Yara Sports Stadium and join
the team bus.
Announcing the new directive to the players after last Sunday’s
training sessions at the Adako Jachie training grounds,
Technical Advisor, Malik Jabir stated that the new order is to
help ensure proper bonding amongst the players.
said it formed part of the team building efforts and added that
any player who flouts the new rule would not be allowed to train
besides facing other severe sanctions.
“Henceforth no player should drive to the training grounds. You
are advised to park yours cars at the stadium or any other place
you consider safe but you should not drive to the training
ground” said Malik Jabir.
stressed that severe disciplinary action would be taken against
any player whose action contravenes the new rule and continued
that no excuse would be taken from any player for driving to the
training ground. He was however quick to point out that the
technical team was not out to punish them.
“This is not a punishment. You are a team. We want to encourage
team work. Football is all about team work. Let me remind all of
you that no excuse will be taken” he stated.
part of the new rules agreed upon by the technical team, players
who are sick, injured or suffering from any ill-condition would
as well report appropriately to Dr. Kwaku Boateng.
Malik reiterated that under no circumstance would any player be
spared for breaking any camp rule. He maintained that the club
finds itself in a situation where it can no longer allow players
to do what they want.
want hard work and togetherness because our team spirit is down.
All these are therefore aimed at lifting the team spirit. Let me
repeat that this is not to disturb anybody but to help you and
the team as a whole”.
While not faulting the import of the new directive, it is
important to add that the technical team along with management
members who were present at the training ground on Sunday
afternoon were not enthused with the fact that as many as eight
players were absent with some of them not giving tangible
reasons for their absence.
Prince Anokye and Albert Bruce, as per the checks made by this
paper, did not show up because of their injuries.