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Sports News of Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Source: Ghana Soccernet

Asante Kotoko players deny pay cut despite management claim


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Ghanaian giants Kotoko are set for a showdown as their players have denied reaching an agreement with management for a 40% pay cut following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

A key Kotoko player (identity withheld) has denied that he and his teammates have agreed to take a 40% pay cut to help the club cut down costs and pay other staff in the wake of the pandemic.

This has exposed the management of the club to the serious accusation of deceiving the players and lying to the public about the players' desire to cut their meagre wages.

On Monday, Nana Gyambibi Coker, who is a special assistant to executive chairman and also general manager of the club, revealed that the players and technical staff have agreed a pay cut.

He claimed that it is part of the measures taken by the management of Porcupine Warriors to help them weather the financial storm they are facing due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The player (whose name is withheld to protect him from dismissal) claims they are not aware of a slash in their salaries.

"Oh no. There is nothing like that. I am even surprised to hear this. It is not true," he said

"Maybe it is a decision the management have taken. We (players) are not aware of such a thing. There is nothing like that even in our WhatsApp group."

Head coach Maxwell Konadu was tasked to engage the players to accept a pay cut to help the overcome the financial difficulties they are enduring at the moment.

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