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15.11.2005 Football News

Kotoko concerned supporters want IMT to stay

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Kumasi, Nov 15, GNA - The Concerned Supporters Union of Kumasi Asante Kotoko Football Club have called for the retention of the Club's Interim management Team (IMT) to enable it continue with the smooth running of the affairs of the Club.

The Union said that now that the IMT has successfully orchestrated the triumph of the Club's 20th League title, there was the need to renew its mandate, which ends this year to enable them ensure a successful campaign in the CAF Champions League next year.

The appeal is contained in a petition signed by Messrs Issaku Batiga and Jamatu Mohammed, National Chairman and Secretary respectively of the Union and addressed to the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Life Patron and Spiritual Leader of the Club in Kumasi on Monday. They said "We wish to call on the Otumfuo not to appoint any Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for now, since the IMT had proved capable and equal to the task", the Union added.

It indicated that retention of the IMT would also save Kotoko the bitter experience of the power tussle that normally arises among supporters in the appointment of a CEO.

This development in the past, the Union said had contributed to the downfall of the Club as it had led to factionalism among the rank and file of its teeming supporters.

The Union used the occasion to commend the IMT for having won this year's GT Premier league title and stressed the need for unity and dedication among supporters to realize the team's ultimate goals.

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