Addae Kyenkyenhene: Kotoko need quality, dedicated players

Author: George Ernest Asare
Rev Addae Kyenkyenhene- Former Black Stars and Kotoko defender

A FORMER Asante Kotoko defender, Kwadwo Addae Kyenkyenhene, has challenged the management of the club to transform it into a side capable of winning both the Ghana Premier League and the continental trophy.

Expressing concern about the failure of the club to win continental glory since 1983, Kyenkyenhene, who was part of the 1983 squad that beat Egyptian giants El Ahly 1-0 in Kumasi to lift the Africa Clubs Championship trophy for the second time, said the onus was on management to recruit quality, committed and dedicated players who yearn to leave a legacy for themselves, family and community.

“Since Kotoko lifted the Africa Clubs Championship Cup in 1983 for the second time, they have struggled to win the trophy again. For Kotoko to win such an enviable trophy, management should not only recruit quality, dedicated and committed players for Maxwell Konadu but should also ensure that there is total unity among the playing body at all times.,”

Kyenkyenhene, who was also part of the 1978 Africa Cup of Nations winning team of the Black Stars, told Graphic Sports Online in an exclusive interview.

He said it was equally important for management to create mutual respect for the technical team and playing body as well as fostering conducive atmosphere that would galvanise the players to offer their best in every competitive match.

Touching on the players, he said they were privileged to be playing for a club such as Kotoko which has the largest supporters base in Ghana.

“The players should commit themselves to winning trophies at the local and continental levels because without such trophies they cannot be counted among the legends of the club in any way,” he stated.

“I am now counted among the legends of Kotoko because we won the continental trophy for Kotoko in 1983. It was through our commitment and focus that we won such an enviable trophy. Many players have played for Kotoko but they just passed through and their names cannot be counted among the legends,” he noted.