Croatian coach Zdravko Logarusic has proved he is in no mood to countenance any form of indiscipline at Asante Kotoko.
Two weeks after signing for the club, he sidelined 6 players who were initially named in the squad billed to play a friendly match against King Faisal at the Baba Yara Stadium last Sunday.
Goalkeepers Ernest Sowah, Felix Annan, defenders Eric Donkor, Evans Quao and attackers Kwame Boateng and Emmanuel Gyamfi had first-hand experience of what it meant to be on the receiving end of the new coach of the club when they were left out of the squad less than an hour to the match for reporting to the stadium late.
Three other players – Isaac Amoako, Ollenu Ashitey and Emmanuel Asante also fell foul of the club’s regulation but were allowed in the match day squad. Though they reported after the 2pm stipulated time, the trio ostensibly fell within the 15-minute grace period given by the coach. They, however, would still be fined an unspecified amount; lower than the sextet who are likely to be fined GH¢300 each.
Goalkeeper Amoako who is cut a peripheral figure in the scheme of affairs of the club as he prepares for life as a coach having obtained his CAF license ‘C’ coaching certificate, kept a clean sheet as Kotoko romped home to a 2-0 victory.
Zdravko Logarusic who has already had stints in Ghana football with King Faisal and Obuasi Ashantigold was angered by the failure of the players to report on time and read the riot act in full force to the players before driving them out of the dressing room to sit in the VIP stands to watch the game.
The players however had an excuse which did not wash with the coach. They contended that the car with which they arrived at the stadium developed a puncture on the way but the coach stuck to his grounds while making it clear none of the technical team members was informed of their ‘exceptional circumstance’.
Coach Luga, as he is affectionately called, named just 5 players on the bench without a reserve goalkeeper and could not make a change having exhausted his substitutes when Frank Sarfo Gyamfi got injured but was forced to just make the numbers on the pitch with 5 minutes to go.
Striker Yakubu Mohammed marked his debut with a goal on the spot while another new entrant, Kwame Boahen also got off the mark with a powerful header from an Emmanuel Asante pin-point cross.
Kotoko was without inspirational captain Amos Frimpong who tied the knot on Saturday and striker Obed Owusu who was injured.