The management of Kumasi Asante Kotoko have responded to the allegations that they have neglected members of the club who were involved in an accident almost six years ago.
On July 12 2017, the Kumasi Asante Kotoko team bus was involved in an accident in which one person died and several others sustained injuries.
The Kotoko team bus was involved in the accident when returning to Kumasi from Accra after a GHPL game against Inter Allies, which claimed the life of the team’s deputy chief equipment’s officer, Thomas Obeng Asare and injured several of the playing body including the coach Steve Polack and his assistant Godwin Ablordey.
Six years on, multiple reports suggest that some victims of the accident have been neglected with most of them living in dire health conditions.
Countering the reports circulating in the media, the management of Asante Kotoko, under the leadership of Nana Yaw Amponsah says attempts to find a solution to ensure these accident victims are supported have proven futile.
He, however, added that the club will continue to engage the victims and produce a plan to “alleviate their situation” over the next few days.
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Management have taken notice of disappointment pouring out in respect of lack of support for the victims of the accident which occurred in 2017.
Upon assuming office in 2020,Management and the Board sought to help find a solution to deal with this matter without success.
Management shall engage the Board again on the matter. In anticipation of approval from the Board, we have started engaging representatives of the victims and will come out with a short to medium term plan to alleviate their situation in the coming days.
Background of the accident
On July 12 2017, the Kumasi Asante Kotoko team bus was involved in a fatal accident at Nkawkaw in the Eastern Region after a league match with Inter Allies.
The team bus with registration number, AS 7329-13 was carrying a total of 35 people incurred the accident around 9:45 pm.
Some officials of the team including the Assistant Coach, Godwin Ablordey, players Baba Mahama, Ahmed Adams, Nana Berchie and Amos Frimpong sustained varying degrees of injuries.
The team’s equipment manager, Thomas Obeng Asare lost his life in the process.