Aduana Stars striker Derrick Sasraku, who brutally beat his teammate Elvis Opoku in a training grounds bust up, has a record of violence on the pitch.
The attacker, who turns 24 next month, has now earned a popular tag in the Ghanaian media and many are referring to him as ‘the karate magician’.
Sasraku attacked Opoku, an attacking midfielder, who was attempting to resolve a clash between Anokye Badu and Zakaria Mumuni but was attacked in the process and dealt with badly.
After dominating Monday’s sports headlines in Ghana it has now emerged that the player had a bad history with violence.
In 2014, the then 19-year-old was banned for 12 months by the Ghana FA for assaulting an assistant referee during a lower-tier game between his club Starke FC and Charity Stars.
Sasraku, who was charged with misconduct and violence in breach of Articles 35 of the GFA Regulations, was reported to have used his elbow against a player of Charity Stars during a league match.
He proceeded to punch assistant referee Mumuni Tahiru – who alerted the referee of his foul which led to his sending off – in the face until blood oozed from his mouth and nose, leading to the abrupt end of the match.
Sasraku’s ban was extended world-wide which means he was inactive for up to a year.
Aduana Stars officials have told Opoku’s father who’s also his local agent that they will apply sanctions against Sasraku.
His father spoke to Kumasi-based Angel FM on Monday morning and revealed his son trained separate from the group this morning.
Opoku has returned to training and the club’s medical team is assessing the offensive midfielder to see if he could be fit for the return fixture of their CAF Champions League tie with ES Setif in Setif in midweek.
The Ogya Boys into the tie with a 1-0 advantage from the first leg.
By El Akyereko