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Today In Sports History: Asante Kotoko angrily abandons league match against Okwahu United

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On this day, 6 August 2000 (Exactly 20 years ago today), the Ghanaian Premier League match between Soccer Mountaineers, Okwahu United and Fabulous Kumasi Asante Kotoko played at the Nkawkaw park ended abruptly in the 88th minute when Kotoko refused to play.

At that time Okwahu were leading 1-0 courtesy a beautiful goal scored by centre forward Ernest Boateng in the 72nd minute after keeper Osei Boateng failed to grab a first-time shot by Okwahu’s right half back, John Maclean.

In the 88th minute, Okwahu United’s coach J. E. Sarpong allegedly stretched forth his hand to give instructions to his players near the Okwahu’s technical bench when it co-incidentally hit Kotoko’s central defender, Emmanuel Nkrumah, who was about to effect a throw at that spot.

Nkrumah fell to the ground and Kotoko’s German coach, Ernst Middendorp, rushed to the scene where he engaged in hot exchanges with coach Sarpong.

This nearly created a pandemonium but the early intervention of numerous security personnel on the field restored sanity.

There was a five-minute hold-up. But when Tema-based class one referee P. K. Aziza whistled for the recommencement of the game, the Kotoko coach then called his players off the field. They later left the park but Okwahu players remained on the field before referee Aziza whistled to end proceedings.

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