Algerian side ES Setif have expressed extreme disappointment in the handlers of the Baba Yara stadium following the decision of stadium authorities to prevent them from carrying out their training sessions yesterday.
The Algerian side arrived at the crack of dawn in Ghana on Saturday to take on Aduana Stars in the first leg of the second preliminary stage of the CAF Champions League and proceeded to Kumasi by road instead of the stipulated flight.
Pitching base at the Golden Tulip hotel they were hoping to have access to the facilities at the Baba Yara stadium but have been met with stern resistance at the facility despite indicating that payment has been made for the use of the ground.
Team manager for the side Djihad Boulahdjilat believes the treatment they have been subjected to is a betrayal of the friendship they feel exists between Ghana and Algeria.
“We wanted to train at the Baba Yara stadium but we have been refused.
“I aid to the official that we are all Africans and for that matter we are all friends but he still would not listen.
“I spoke to the person in charge of the stadium to allow us to train for an hour but he refused.
“I am sorry we are friends and we are all African and this will not be happening if it was in Algeria and your team wanted to use a facility.
“We won’t ask them to pay but we have paid for this and we are disappointed,” a frustrated Boulahdjilat informed some pressmen.
The match itself is slated for Wednesday March 7, at the Nana Agyemang Badu Park in Dormaa.