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My tackle on Esso was not malicious-Kotoko defender Sefa

By Mutala Yakubu

Kumasi Asante Kotoko defender Augustine Sefa says his tackle on Hearts of Oak striker Joseph Esso as the two sides met in the Super 2 friendly game was not malicious as some fans think.

The two sides met in a friendly on Sunday, August 26 at the Baba Yara Stadium and a career-threatening tackle on Esso from Sefa made sure the former Dwarfs striker was substituted.

Esso after the tackle looked okay but fell down in pain and had to be substituted. The Hearts of Oak players were clearly unhappy with Sefa's tackle and that led to a temporal brawl on the pitch.

The right-back says his challenge on Esso was not intentional and he will phone the player to check how he is faring.

Speaking to Metro FM after the game, the remorseful Augustine Sefa, however, ruled out any malicious mind in the build-up to the tackle.

“I didn’t intentionally go in to injure Joseph Esso just that he was quick on the ball and my tackle was late on him but I felt bad after the game”, Sefa told Metro 94.1 FM.

He added, “I will call Joseph Esso to see how he is doing and I really felt bad”.

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Kotoko beat Hearts 2-0 thanks to a brace from Burkinabe import Songne Yacouba. The two sides will clash again on September 2 to decide the ultimate winner of the two-legged friendly.
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