A former Greater Accra representative of Asante Kotoko Sporting Club, Nana Yaw Owusu Akwanuasah, has advised the management of the club to use the current break to address their shortfalls and come out with an effective plan to improve on their performance.
Recalling the 11th week Premier League match between Aduana Stars and Kumasi Asante Kotoko at the Nana Agyemang Badu Park at Dormaa Ahenkro on Wednesday, February 19, which saw both teams starting the game with 10 players each instead of the usual 11, Nana Owusu Akwanuasa said the incident was a drawback of the reputation that Kotoko had built over the years.
During the said match, Aduana’s Farouk Adams and Kotoko’s Martin Antwi sat on the bench for the entire first half only to join their colleagues in the second half.
The bizarre incident went viral on foreign and social media, leaving many to wonder why a club like Kotoko should dabble in superstition in modern football.
“My concern is with the reputation of the club which has been dragged in the mud in recent times. How on earth can one fathom a club like Kumasi Asante Kotoko play a league match with only 10 players - a decision influenced by superstition to some extent?,” Nana Yaw Owusu questioned.
He also expressed concern about the numerous legal tussles involving Kotoko in recent times, most of which went against Kotoko, causing management to pay huge sums of money to settle the fines imposed on them.
He cited the recent $180,000 sum FIFA directed Kotoko to pay to Esperance of Tuinisia for the use of Emmanuel Clottey, as well as the resignation of some management members for undisclosed reasons as some of the issues that needed immediate attention and settlement before the resumption of the league.
He wondered why a club like Kotoko should be saddled with such disputes in spite of some seasoned administrators on the management team, and insisted that the break should afford management the opportunity to brainstorm and address all the shortfalls in the team with the view to improving on their fortunes when the league resumed.