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Lessons learnt from Kotoku Royals’ maiden season in Ghana’s top-flight league

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After a difficult season in Ghana’s top-flight league, Kotoku Royals’ Chief Executive Officer, Linford Asamoah Boadu, believes there are vital lessons to be learned if they are to bounce back into the top-flight league. The Royals’ suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Great Olympics in Sogakope, which cemented their exit from the league. With only four matches left to be played, the team is 15 points adrift of safety on the table.

As a debutant in the league, Linford Asamoah Boadu pointed out that the premier league is a different terrain, and unlike other clubs, they know how to operate in the Ghana premier league. He added that the officiating in some of the matches was not the best, and some officiating decisions against the club did not help their season. They 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.

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Linford Asamoah Boadu believes that most of the referees they lodged complaints about have been sanctioned, but this is not out there in the public domain. The Akyem Oda-based side suffered from their inability to complete their home venue, which forced the club to adopt the Cape Coast Sports Stadium. Playing away from home may have accounted for their early exit from the top-flight after promises made to the club were unfulfilled.

For the most part, the Royals juggled between two home venues after adopting the Theatre of Dreams in Dawu during the latter stages of the season. They were unbeaten in Dawu, holding out a remarkable 1-1 draw against league leaders Aduana FC. However, they currently lie rock-bottom with 23 points from 30 games with four games to spare.

In a nutshell, the Royals have learned some valuable lessons from their maiden season in Ghana’s top-flight league, and if they are to bounce back, they need to correct their flaws. The team needs to find a stable home venue to play their matches and improve their overall performance. The officiating in the league needs to improve, and the GFA should ensure that sanctions against referees are made public to ensure transparency. The Royals must also learn how to operate in the Ghana premier league, just like other clubs.

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