Kumasi Asante Kotoko have pulled out of the Normalisation Committee Special Competition following disagreements with the NC over the venue of their impending semi final clash with rivals Accra Hearts of Oak.
The club will however continue to participate in the Tier 2 competition where they have a quarter final fixture against Berekum Arsenal at the Baba Yara Stadium on Sunday.
Kotoko had threatened to abandoned the competition if the NC did not grant their requests for the game to be played at either a neutral venue or on a home and away basis.
The NC responded on Monday and told Asante Kotoko that their request could not be granted.
Kotoko were scheduled to play Hearts of Oak on June 16 in a one off semi finals in Accra.
But the Porcupine Warriors wrote a letter to the NC asking for the game to be played at a neutral venue or on a home and away basis and quoted the competition regulation to back their point.
However, after waiting a week without response, the NC finally responded to Kotoko on Monday, accused Kotoko of quoting an alien regulation and insisted that the game will be played in Accra, the home of the team that topped its Zone as per the competition regulations.
On Tuesday morning, Kotoko released a statement confirming their decision to pull out. It is unclear whether the Porcupine Warriors will be persuaded to rescind their decision or not. The winner of the Tier 1 competition will represent the country in next season’s CAF Champions League.
Kotoko are set to play a quarter final game against Berekum Arsenal in the NC Special Tier 2 competition.