Asante Kotoko owner and life patron Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II met with club legends

The owner and life patron of Asante Kotoko, Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II on Friday, July 21, held a meeting with legends of the club and executives of the National Circles Council (NCC).

At the meeting, the Asantehene disclosed that the Ghana Premier League giant has a debt of GHS3,533,424.

The club also owes its former Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Nana Yaw Amponsah some unpaid salary.

In the current state of the debt, Asante Kotoko will need around GHS5million to settle its debts and recruit new players for the upcoming football season.

At the meeting at Manhyia today, the legends of Asante Kotoko and members of the National Circles Council expressed appreciation to Otumfuo for the audience and pledged to continue supporting the club.

Although things did not go well last season, there is hope that things will change next season.

Meanwhile, Otumfuo has tasked former Black Stars head coach James Kwesi Appiah to find a new coach for Asante Kotoko.

Kotoko won the Ghana Premier League last two seasons but saw Medeama SC beat them to the ultimate this season. Kotoko are set to maintain core of last season’s setup and reinforce crucial areas.

Kotoko are monitoring key players in the local scene with Accra Lions and Black Meteors midfielder Dominic Nsobila reportedly on the radar of the former champions.

It has been decades since Kotoko lifted the CAF Champions League with the last triumph in 1982 after beating record holders Al Ahly 1-0 in return leg in Kumasi.

Kotoko have come very close to winning CAF Inter Club title in 1993, 2002 and 2004.

The Porcupine Warriors have been searching for these titles over time but have been affected by several issues of unstable coaching, poor management, financial challenges and poor quality of players in recent times.

Their best performance in Africa came in 2018-2019 season after reaching group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup falling behind Al Hilal, Nkana FC and ZESCO United- all from Zambia.

Then Asante Kotoko boss C.K Akonnor spoke about that difficult group which Al Hilal and Nkana qualified.

“We were prepared for whoever we would meet before the draw so I believe this is a fair one and I’m satisfied,” Akonnor told Goal.

“Although many people believe we can qualify, I’m one person who usually doesn’t give promises ahead of games but I always urge my players to continue with their hard work. What I believe in is that we will be rewarded based on how we work.

“From how we’ve performed throughout this campaign, the supporters are not wrong to have a belief that we can qualify from the group but we have a lot of work to do to achieve this,” he added.

Ghanaian defender Richard Ocran who played for Nkana was happy his side were placed in the same group with his country team Asante Kotoko.

“I am feeling very happy as we are in the same Group with Kotoko, it will be an exciting clash and I am really looking forward to both legs,” Ocran told footballmadeinghana.com.

“It has been good for us in the Confederations Cup, yesterday we went away to draw against San Pedro after winning the first leg 3-0. It was not an easy game as they were determined to overturned the scoreline,” he added.

At the end of the period, Ocran was linked with a move to Kotoko but a deal failed.

One of the memorable games was Kotoko’s welcoming of Nkana to the Baba Yara Sports Stadium. Asante Kotoko beat the Zambian side 3-0 after 90 minutes.

Prior to that clash, Chakatazya maintained Kotoko would be difficult to beat at home and the results justified Chakatazya’s initial opinion of the game after losing 3-0 in Kumasi. Kotoko had been thrashed 3-1 in Zambia. 

‘Our target is to qualify from the group into the quarter final, even before the Kotoko game (in Kitwe which Kotoko lose 3-1) I mentioned that our target is to qualify’, Chakatazya said in an interview with FOX FM in 2019.

Asked whether Nkana stood a chance of qualifying ahead of Asante Kotoko, the former Nkana team manager sounded highly optimistic, tipping a draw in Kumasi being enough results for his side.

‘It’s possible that we will qualify (for the quarter final stage) especially if we get a positive result in Ghana (against Kotoko), a win or a draw will be enough for us’, he continued.

“But remember we have a game with Zesco at home and Al Hilal in Sudan which will give us direction and the results in Ghana will give us the direction.”

 

 

 


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