Kotoku Royals CEO Linford Asamoah Boadu has cited poor officiating as a major factor contributing to the club’s relegation from the Ghana Premier League. The Oda-based side were confirmed relegated after losing 2-0 to Great Olympics at the Sogakope Park.
While the club’s inability to play their home games at the Oda Sports Stadium has been suggested as another factor, Linford Asamoah believes some major officiating decisions affected them throughout the season.
“As a debutant, unlike other clubs, they know how to operate in the Ghana Premier League,” he told Citi Sports. “I have been to several venues and I have been to some interesting places, officiating has not been the best. I know there are some officiating decisions against our club which did not help our season.”
Despite their poor performance in the league, Asamoah believes they have learned their lessons and would know how to navigate their way around the top flight when they hopefully return one day.
“I think I have learned a lot of lessons, the Premier League is a different terrain,” he said. “We did the right thing by writing to the GFA for the right thing to be done with regards to the poor officiating on the part of match officials. I believe that most of the referees we lodge complaints about have been sanctioned, but are not out there in the public domain.”
For the most part, Kotoku Royals’ season has been characterized by poor performances on the pitch, but Asamoah’s comments point to a wider problem with the standard of officiating in the Ghana Premier League. It remains to be seen whether the authorities will take any action to address this issue and ensure fair play for all teams in the future.