Chief Executive Officer of Aduana Stars Albert Commey has revealed that the attack he suffered at the hands of Wa All Stars fans in Wa was the first of such attacks he had faced at the time citing Essipong as another venue he suffered a similar fate.
Reports had emerged last season that Mr Commey was subjected to mob action by fans of the Wa-based club after the CEO seemed to raise objection to a penalty awarded to the home side by Bolga-based referee Ali Alhasan in Aduana's match away at Wa.
The outspoken CEO was reportedly taken to the Wa hospital for treatment after the physical assault.
However, the outspoken football chief has revealed that the unfortunate incident at the Malik Jabir Park was not new to him as he was almost beaten by a group of fans at Essipong who mistook him for someone else.
"It was not only last season. I experienced one at Essipong while I had taken the VVIP (public bus transport operator) and they beat me for someone they didn't even know and later found out that the person they were going to beat, I wasn't even the one. Then what happened at Wa, it is unfortunate but I always say that when you are in it you do not destroy it" he said.
He however admitted to facing some challenges after the incident.
"I must admit I am facing a bit of challenges after that but God on my side I think that now I am feeling very strong and I will encourage that football should unite us because it doesn't pay for us to bring hooliganism into football. It rather destroys the industry" he opined.
He challenged the stakeholders of football in Ghana to play their specific roles in order to put a stop to the hooliganism in Ghana football.
" The FA has a role to play, the media has a role to play, the clubs ourselves have roles to play and we must make sure that we do things that will not bring such unfortunate incidents on our game. The referees have a very vital role to play and I must tell you that I have tasted these things for maybe for a reason and I pray that God gives me the wisdom and the role and the energy to make sure that we take these hooligans out of our football" he said in conclusion.
He was optimistic of Aduana's chance at the league title next season saying the club was very close to the Ghana premier league title last season and intend to use the G6 Tournament as an avenue for preparing for the 2016/17 Premier League season.
"The reason we are taking this pre season tournament very seriously is because it will help us prepare ourselves very well and know our weaknesses. We almost won the tournament last season but Kotoko beat us to it"
" If we win it this season it will be a morale booster for us so we are still on our preparations and I am very positive that if we continue using this tournament for preparation it will prepare us before the league comes"
Aduana Stars finished second place on the Ghana Premier league table last season which was won by Wa-based Wa All Stars.
By Musah Abelyire/ghanaguardian.com