You will pardon Coach Zerbo if you look at how Kotoko has suffered at the hands of referees – Obeng Nyarko


The Brands Manager and Communications Director of Asante Kotoko, David Obeng Nyarko has jumped to the defense of head coach Seydou Zerbo after the gaffer accused Aduana Stars of fixing home matches.

After losing to Aduana Stars in the MTN FA Cup Round 16 stage on Sunday, the coach expressed disappointment in the referees for not doing a good job.

Since then, Coach Seydou Zerbo has come under criticism with many calling for him to be punished.

Speaking on the matter in an interview with Oyerpa Sports, David Obeng Nyarko said considering how Asante Kotoko have suffered at the hands of referees this season, the coach should be pardoned.

“We have had several issues with officiating that has seen some referees punished. The points difference between the top-placed team and us is seven points.

“In our game against RTU, the goal they scored was a clear offside. We are all aware of the things we went through at Dawu against Dreams FC when we were denied a clear penalty. Against Karela FC, the referee whistled for a penalty when Sheriff fouled a player outside the penalty box. At Bibiani, Ref Akumatey awarded a dubious penalty against Kotoko.

“In all these matches, let’s accumulate the points Kotoko lost to poor officiating and realise where Kotoko would have been on the league log. If you have gone through all this, you will pardon the Kotoko coach,” David Obeng Nyarko said.

On Wednesday afternoon, Asante Kotoko will return to action in the Ghana Premier League when the team takes on Bechem United in a Week 19 encounter of the 2022/23 Ghana Premier League season.