The Ghana Police have arrested one of the two suspects who reportedly attacked the coach of Nsoatreman FC, Maxwell Konadu, during a football game, on 19th November 2023, at the Sunyani Coronation Park.
The suspect, who is currently in custody assisting in investigation was picked up barely few hours after the Police declared them wanted.
Mr. Konadu, during the attack reportedly sustained a head injury and was rushed to a health facility to receive medical attention.
Meanwhile, the Executive Council of the Ghana Football Association has also issued an immediate temporary ban on Bofoakwa Tano FC from getting access to Sunyani Coronation Park as its home venue.
According to GFA, in a statement, the decision follows the unfortunate incidents that occurred after the Match Day 11 game between Bofoakwa Tano FC and Nsoatreman FC which led to the physical assault of Nsoatreman’s head coach, Maxwell Konadu.
‘’The decision is following the GFA Premier League Regulations Article 14(2) which states inter Alia “the GFA may order the closure of any league center where the safety of clubs, Match Officials or Spectators cannot be guaranteed.”
The GFA further noted that it has ordered the Competition Department to determine the venue for the Club’s subsequent home matches under Article 14(3) Premier League Regulations.
“The GFA notes the unacceptable conduct of the supporters of the home team, Bofoakwa Tano FC, and condemns same, without any reservations, the violations of the provisions of the GFA Safety and Security Regulations, and the Premier League Regulations which took place at the match”.
Per the statement, investigation is underway, and urges all clubs to adhere to the rules and regulations of the association.
“The GFA demands that Bofoakwa Tano FC shall immediately assist the Regional Police to cause the arrest of the persons involved in this attack on the away team, and the holding of the match officials hostage, without fail, per the promise given by the clubs to the Inspector General of Police in our engagement with the leadership of the Ghana Police Service.”
The GFA Prosecutors have been tasked to study all the video evidence and the match reports and prefer appropriate Charges immediately and for the Disciplinary Committee to sit on this matter expeditiously.
-BY Daniel Bampoe