Maxwell Konadu, the coach of Nsoatreman FC, has been hospitalized following an alleged attack by Boafoakwa Tano fans after a goalless draw at Sunyani Coronation Park on Sunday.
At the end of the game, fans stormed the pitch and reportedly assaulted Konadu, who is a former Black Stars player and assistant coach. He is currently receiving treatment in the hospital, and a viral video of him on a hospital bed has sparked criticism and demands for severe punishment for the attackers.
This incident is just one in a series of hooliganism cases that have occurred in the Ghana Premier League this season. Previously, Kotoko fans damaged seats at the Dr Kwame Kyei Stadium after a 2-2 draw against Nations FC, and Great Olympics players were allegedly targeted by angry Aduana FC fans.
Additionally, Bofoakwa Tano players had to be rescued by the police after their game against Karela United, as enraged fans attempted to attack them. These repeated acts of violence raise serious concerns about the safety and security of players and officials in Ghanaian football, emphasizing the need for the Ghana Football Association to take decisive action against those responsible.
Maxwell Konadu is a football coach and a retired Ghana international football player. He was the head coach of the Asante Kotoko, the manager of the Ghana national under-23 football team, and formerly the manager of Glo Premier League club Asante Kotoko.
Konadu was a member of the Men’s National Team that won the bronze medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. He also won gold as assistant coach of Ghana’s Men’s Olympic Team at the All-Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique in 2011.
In July 2011, Konadu assumed the role of assistant coach at Asante Kotoko, the club where he initially gained recognition as a prolific goal scorer.
However, upon his return from the All-Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique, he took on the position of head coach following the dismissal of Serbian coach Bogdan Korak. The Ghana Football Association (GFA) appointed Konadu as the assistant coach of the Ghana national football team on May 3, 2012, succeeding James Kwesi Appiah.
After leading Asante Kotoko to their 22nd league title and securing qualification to the 2013 CAF Champions League, Konadu resigned as the manager of the Glo Premier League club on June 5, 2012. He was then replaced by Mas-ud Didi Dramani. On July 10 July 2012, Konadu was appointed as the manager of the Ghana national under-20 football team, taking over from Orlando Wellington. In January 2013, he was further appointed as the manager of the Ghana national under-23 football team.