Asante Kotoko have formally announced their Normalization Special Cup Tier-One withdrawal U-turn.
The Porcupine Warriors, last week boycotted the competition following some disagreements with organizers over some changes regulations changes regarding their semifinal clash with arch-rivals Hearts of Oak. However, high-profile deliberations over the weekend resolved the impasse.
This formal announcement is expected to pave way for the match to go on as scheduled on June 16 at the Accra Sports Stadium
The decision, the club says, is ‘firm and unconditional’ and taken in the supreme interest of Ghana football as it resolves to end the public outcry that greeted the issue.
A letter signed for the Kotoko Chief Executive Officer (CEO), George Amoako, by the Director of Communications, Samuel Sarfo Duku (Esq), and delivered to the Committee on Tuesday states, however, that the decision is not born out of defeatism and cowardice.
“We hereby notify you of our firm decision to rescind our earlier decision to withdraw from the Tier-One Special Competition as was communicated to you in our letter dated 3rd June 2019,” the letter read.
“We have arrived at this decision in the interest of Ghana football and to put an end to the public outcry over the issue.”
Kotoko are convinced that the Normalization Committee (NC) has been unfair in insisting that the game is held in Accra despite being entitled to only 30 percent of the gate proceeds.
The Porcupines withdrew from the game last Tuesday after the NC failed to grant the plea for a one-off tie on a neutral ground with the proceeds shared equally among the two clubs.
“We still strongly believe that we presented genuine and legitimate concerns through proper and laid down procedures which ought to have been dealt with in a manner that would not have brought things this far. Hence, our current position should not be misconstrued as defeatism and cowardice.”
“You may recall that our initial petition was in support of a double-legged semi-final match and this was a reference to a provision in the regulations. Apart from ensuring fairness, the clubs would have made more economic gains out of this format.”
“Alternatively, we indicated our support for a one-off game at a neutral ground with an equal sharing of gate proceeds which was also in the spirit of fairness and equality.”
“To our surprise, both suggestions were not given the needed attention, compelling us to withdraw from the competition in the circumstance. There was however a breakthrough after we had been impressed upon by the organizers to accept a one-off game at the Accra Sports Stadium with an equal sharing of proceeds between the clubs which we agreed and requested for a letter to that effect, but has still not been delivered.”
“In a very strange twist of events, your outfit seems not to budge on its earlier decision not to address any of our concerns and we do not intend to belabor the issue and have consequently come to this conclusion unconditionally,” the Kotoko letter concluded.