Asante Kotoko legend, Samuel Opoku Nti has suggested the use of a foreign referee to officiate the Asante Kotoko vs Hearts of Oak match.
According to the former Asante Kotoko General Manager, officiating have been generally poor this season, and the use of a foreign referee for this all-important clash is the best thing to do.
Speaking to Kumasi-based Silver FM, Opoku Nti said referees making contentious decisions during Ghana’s El-Classico could rile up fans.
“As for the referees, some are faring better, some also have question marks hovering around their performances. At times some make genuine mistakes, but it is my prayer that they stick to the laws of the game and give us better officiating.
“Some of the referees have been awarding contentious penalties and they need to be careful. Because we are approaching a big game with both Kotoko and Hearts on the same number of points. So we need to try our best to minimize human errors that could impact the outcome of the game,” he said.
“In my personal opinion, I will prefer a foreign referee. This is not to say our Ghanaian referees are not up to the task, but considering the tensions building up ahead of the Kotoko vs Hearts game.
“If a foreign referee who has no ties with either of the two clubs makes a mistake, people would not read meanings into it like they would for a local referee.
“If the Ghana FA would listen to this advice, then they should go ahead and appoint a foreign referee for that match.”