The Government of Ghana has outrightly rejected Asante Kotoko’s appeal to allow fans at the stadium for their CAF Champions League encounter against FC Nouadhibou.

Kotoko host Nouadhibou on Saturday in the second leg of the preliminary qualifying stage of Africa’s elite club competition after a 1-1 stalemate in the first leg played last Sunday in Mauritania.

The Porcupine Warriors earlier had quested government to relax the COVID-19 restriction that bars fans from entering stadia to watch football matches.

However, upon several deliberations between the government’s COVID-19 Task Force team, the plea from Kotoko was rejected. Government’s stance remain resolute that there won’t be compromises towards the imposed restrictions to curb the spread of the virus.

Meanwhile, the Communications Director of Asante Kotoko, Moses Antwi Benefo has confirmed the game will take place behind closed doors.

In an interview with Kumasi-based Silver FM, he said “our engagement with the COVID Taskforce team revealed that they aren’t ready to take things for granted. They insist we continue to play our matches behind closed doors. so we have agreed.

“It would have been wonderful with the fans, the excitement and the buzz. The presence of supporters cheering the boys would have buoyed the players to perform above themselves.

“But human lives matter so we have agreed to play behind closed doors,” he concluded