Kotoko players never planned mutiny against Lugarusic, says Akuffo

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The Porcupine Warriors’ midfielder has dismissed suggestions their departed coach lost control of the dressing room

Asante Kotoko midfielder Michael Akuffo has rejected suggestions that former coach Zdravko Lugarusic lost the respect of the dressing room leading to his sacking.

The Porcupine Warriors have experienced poor results recently in the Ghana Premier League, picking only two points in their previous four games, surrendering their lead to Wafa in the process.

The club parted ways with Lugarusic on Sunday after a home stalemate with Ebusua Dwarfs.

"My spirit is very down because of what is happening currently in Kotoko. Things are difficult for us now and this is the time we need the support of the fans," Akuffo told Abusua FM.

"I don't want anybody to think that the players planned mutiny against Lugarusic. Such things never happened in the dressing room and each player respected him. It was rather hard luck that prevented us from winning games.

"I always gather the players and advise them to give their best so we can achieve success and put smiles on the faces of the supporters."

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He added: "There was never a time we disrespected the coach because we are aware that when there is a disgrace, it will affect everyone. None of the players is owed any amount by the club so I'm surprised about our performance but I would want to appeal to the supporters to exercise patience. We will soon get over the bad times."

Goal understand that Kotoko will not incur any additional cost after sacking Lugarusic but will rather pay him his salary ($3,000) for the month of April.

Caretaker coach Godwin Ablordey will lead Kotoko for the first time when they travel to Wa to play title holders Wa All Stars on Sunday.

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