Kurt Okraku to Asante Kotoko Management : Ghana Football Association President Kurt Okraku has implored Asante Kotoko to find out why their numerous supporters are not attending their matches this season despite the fact that the Porcupine Warriors are defending champions of the Ghana Premier League.
Stadium attendance keeps on dwindling across almost all centers in the country and not even Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak who have larger fanbases are spared.
Following the Super Clash of last Sunday at the Accra sports stadium , the GFA President Kurt Okraku responded to questions from reporters about the low fan patronage of the Ghana Premier League matches and said the following in detail :
” I thought that two teams showed that there is quality in our game. But it also thought us that the two teams have a lot of work to do to win back the 12th man (the supporters and fans). I have said that the 12th man belonged to the fans first and foremost before even the FA.
And if is it that Kotoko who are defending league champions and their supporters are not at their games and obviously it is a big challenge to the Kotoko management to find out why their supporters are not consuming their games.
Same thing is applicable to a big club like Hearts of Oak. Hearts of Oak have not had a smooth walk this season so clearly you could see that the supporters are not happy for which reason they are not at their games as many as they will want.
But I think that once the teams agree that the fans belong to them they must find ways both scientific and practical ways of coming close to their fans looking out for what they need what their needs are and provide the same and the fans will come back.
On our part our FA will continue lay the foundation to make our clubs strong so they will be able to also do their part when it comes to the development of football in this country. I am happy about what I saw yesterday because if the sport was completely dead even when you open a free gates no one will come.”
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