Kotoko must check revenue leakages at the gates: Nana Yaw Owusu

Author: George Ernest Asare
Nana Yaw Owusu Akwanuasa

A former management member of Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Nana Yaw Owusu, has advised management of the club to consider selling advance tickets, as well as plug all the loopholes in the ticket management system in order to maximise revenues when Kotoko plays host to Coton Sport Garoua at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi on Sunday.

Kotoko take a 3-2 lead into the return leg clash of the CAF Confederation Cup playoff, with the winner qualifying for the group phase of the competition.

He said existing bottlenecks during the sale of tickets at the gates on match days and a lack of innovative ticket management system had created avenues for a lack of accountability as individuals have profited at the expense of Kotoko and denied the club projected revenues.

“The time has come for management of Kotoko to sell advance tickets through the popular radio stations in Kumasi and Accra, and also use the banks as sales points ahead of big matches to ensure that all tickets are well accounted for,” Nana Yaw Owusu advised during an interview with the Graphic Sports Online.

Despite a large turnout in their last Confederation Cup match against Kariobangi Sharks of Kenya last month, Kotoko bagged GH¢235,000 after all deductions, a figure that raised suspicion of possible ticket racketeering at the gates.

Nana Yaw Owusu, onetime vice chairman of the Ghana Football Association, said Kotoko’s splendid away performance against Coton Sport on Sunday  January 13  must be a source of motivation for their fans to turn out at the Baba Bara Stadium on Sunday to rally behind the team to eliminate the Camerounians to advance to the group stage of CAF’s second tier club competition.

He said it was also imperative that Kotoko’s management find innovative ways of promoting Sunday’s match to guarantee a high turnout by fans, as well as put in place a mechanism to minimise revenue leakages and also ensure that every ticket sold was accounted for.

“It is important for management to block any channel that could be used to siphon money from the club in order to ensure revenue maximisation.

And if tickets should be sold at the gates, it should be a few which could be well accounted for,” he advised.

“Kotoko is a lone ranger this year so far as Ghanaian clubs in Africa is concerned.That is why we all need to provide the needed support in cash and kind for them to go far.