by Stephen Kwabena Effah

July 13, 2017

Kotoko coach, team manager, driver in critical condition, 1 confirmed dead

Head coach Polak [L] is in critical condition while dep. equipment officer Asare [R] is confirmed dead

Head coach of Kumasi Asante Kotoko is in critical condition at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital after the bus of the team crashed into a stationary car Wednesday night, leaving the team’s assistant equipment officer dead.

The coach, Steve Polak, was returning to Kumasi with the players and officials of the club when their bus was involved in an accident at the Nkawkaw stretch of the Accra-Kumasi highway at about 9:45pm.

Polak is among team management members, including team manager, Godwin Ablordey and driver Berchie who are in critical condition and are currently receiving medical care at the Komfo Anokye Hospital.

The deputy equipment officer of the club, Thomas Asare, has been confirmed dead in the accident.

READ: GFA to visit Kotoko accident victims; public asked to respect sensibilities of families

Contrary to some media reports, players of the team suffered minor injuries.

Coach Polak and Ablordey were responding to treatment Thursday morning but the driver was in an unconscious state at the time of TV3 visit to the hospital.

Meanwhile, the Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah, his deputy, Elizabeth Agyemang and some officials from the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly have visited the accident victims at the hospital.

They presented GHC10,000 to cover the hospital bill and promised to defray all the other expenses.

Mr Mensah sympathised with the team and fans of the club.

Head of operations at Kotoko, Ernest Owusu Ansah, commended the officials for their quick response.

By Benjamin Aidoo|TV3|3news.com|Ghana

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