Ghana’s Asante Kotoko writes to CAF over COVID-19 dispute
Ghanaian club Asante Kotoko said it had officially written to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to protest alleged anomalies in its team members’ COVID-19 results prior to its Champions League preliminary round second leg against Al Hilal of Sudan.
Al Hilal held a narrow advantage over Asante Kotoko following a 1-0 victory away from home last month.
The match between the two teams on Wednesday was called off with the Ghanaian club claiming it had received “dubious” results alleging that seven of its players and four officials had tested positive for COVID-19.
The club added that the result of another one of its players had not been presented and as a result, it was unable to raise the minimum number of players for the match.
“We made an official complaint to the Match Commissioner registering our utmost suspicion with the results; because the players and officials who were alleged to have tested positive had their results typed out as a letter,” Asante Kotoko said in a statement.
“The alleged dubious positive results had many suspecting features indicative of the fact that it did not reflect the reality on a true and proper medical grounds.”
Asante Kotoko, two-time winners of the competition, further claimed that the COVID-19 results had been delivered by “known officials of Al Hilal” but the positive results showed striking differences from the negative ones.
The club assured its supporters that it will pursue all legitimate avenues to “ensure that the right thing is done”.
The winner of the game will progress to the group stage of this season’s competition.