“Look at your tactics before you blame referees” – Referees chief tells Maxwell Konadu

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Retired referee RTK Attifu has taken a swipe at Asante Kotoko coach Maxwell Konadu for slamming referee Daniel Laryea after yesterday’s 1-1 draw against Berekum Chelsea at the Golden City Park.

The Porcupine Warriors were left disappointed yesterday after Emmanuel Clottey scored in the dying embers of the game to cancel an early goal scored by Kwame Opoku.

Coach Maxwell Konadu was left infuriated after the game, he criticized referee Daniel Laryea for some of the decisions he made.

”Of course we didn’t plan to change the goalkeeper. I mean it was another tactical change we had wanted to effect but all of a sudden, Felix [Annan] fell off and couldn’t continue so that really disrupted our game plan,” Maxwell Konadu told StarTimes.

”It was a very good and tough match. I said we came to win and that is what we wanted to do exactly. Had it not been because of a referee I respect so much. I have a lot of respect for the referee but then last minute I don’t know what came over him but that is football. We accept it and move on.”

Reacting to the comments made by Maxwell Konadu, RTK Attifu, who is the National Physical Instructor of Referees Association of Ghana has advised Maxwell Konadu to rather focus on improving his tactics rather than blaming referees.

“You have ninety minutes to play plus additional time and the referee took a numerous decision which you don’t have a problem with but one decision that went against you is what you want to talk about? Attifu quizzed on Atinka FM.

“If that decision was in favour of Kotoko would he say the decision was wrong? I mean sometimes we want to blame, look at your tactics, is your tactics good in anyway through the whole ninety minutes? Were you top on your tactics? Were you advancing the way you should?

“Your tactical play how many percentage will you give yourself against your opponent. Your comment is not comment that should be insight the referee because in disrespecting the referee is disrespecting the game. Football is govern by law,” Attifu concluded.

Kotoko are yet to pick maximum points this season after two round of games. The Porcupine Warriors will hope they can do so when they play Great Olympics in the next round of matches.

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