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.