Chief Executive Officer of Aduana Stars Albert Yahaya Commey has debunked reports that his outfit failed to provide proper food for their players during their trip to Algeria to engage ES Setif in the CAF Champions League last weekend.
The Fire Boys were thumped 4-0 in the return encounter against the eight-time Algerian champions in the final round of qualifier in the CAF Champions League – losing the two legged tie 4-1 on aggregate after winning 1-0 at home fortnight ago.
The playing body and officials of the Dormaa-based side attributed harsh weather condition and other factors for their abysmal performance at the Stade Mai 8 1945.
However, reports emerged in the media during the week that, the other factors which caused the team’s exit was their officials inability to provide the players with proper food, as they were only fed on ‘Gari and Nido’ ahead of the match.
A claim the club’s CEO, Albert Commey, vehemently denied during an interview with Kumasi-based radio station, Oyerepa FM, insisting it was a false reportage.
“The truth is that, we went to Algeria with our own food; (Fante Kenkey, Fish, Gari and Shito) but on reaching Setif, the bottles of Shito had broken which we couldn’t consume so we got some Ghanaians to prepare rice and stew for us.
“It was after the game when we got back late at the hotel around 11pm and was inadvisable to eat heavy at that time so we bought some drinks and biscuits and it was there that some players said we should buy Nido as well so they will use it to drink Gari. It’s not true they were forced to eat Gari.
“I dare anyone who went to Algeria with us and says they had nothing to eat but only Gari. Money reserved for unexpected issue was not even touched. These reports are false,” Commey concluded.