Ghanaian powerhouse Asante Kotoko have issued a statement to criticise local media for publishing unfavourable comments about coach Charles Akonnor.
Despite a fairly good start of two wins from three in the Special Competition, this has not spared coach Akonnor from getting the stick for failing to make the CAF Confederation Cup last eight.
Full Kotoko statement:
“We wish to unequivocally state our displeasure at the quality of criticisms and opinions being meted on our coach, Charles Kwablan Akunnor, by a section of the media.
"As a club, we do acknowledge the existence of the rule of law in the country, and the fact we cannot control people’s opinion and thoughts about C. K. Akunnor and his work for the team.
"However, we wish to plead with the media to be fair, constructive, and decorous in what they say about the coach on their networks.
"This has become necessary as most of the things being said about our coach pass for personal attacks and insults than otherwise than mere criticisms.
"We are not a club that abhors criticisms, and neither does Charles Akunnor, but we are pleading because the insults and personal attacks could affect the coach negatively.
"We exist to please our fans and other stakeholders and acknowledge the role the media plays in getting the latter informed about the happenings in the club.
"But, there are certain destructive elements who occasionally work to derail our focus and development, and such is what is being targeted at our coach.
"We have absolute confidence in Akunnor, are focused on our goal in the ongoing Normalisation Super Cup and believe it will benefit us all if people stopped peddling falsehood and insults on our coach.
"Communications Department,” concluded the statement.