New entrants Kessben F/C are set to give perennial giants in the transfer market — Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Accra Hearts of Oak and Obuasi Ashanti Gold — a good run for their money in player recruitment for the upcoming season, tentatively fixed to start next July.
For once, it looks like the monopoly enjoyed by the three 'superpowers” is set to crumble under the weight of Kessben F/C as the club begins the process to establish itself in the Ghanaian league.
Working quietly on the ground, the club, whose President is Mr Kwabena Kesse, aka Kessben, an astute football administrator with clout in player recruitment, has set eyes on 10 quality local players, all members of the various national teams.
Mr Kesse was instrumental in the recruitment of many of the quality players for Kotoko during his association with that club
Officials of Kessben F/C have however, decided to keep the identity of the players pencilled for registration to their chest, but the Graphic Sports can authoritatively state that the club is invading the camps of some big clubs.
“We are poised to set high standards in player recruitment, so we want to finalise the deals before coming out with the names”, a source close to the club told this paper.
But it would not be surprising if Berekum Arsenals' enterprising James Boadu, AshGold's Alex Asamoah, Heart of Lions' Sadat Bukari, King Faisal's Iddrissu Nyanya find themselves in the Kessben net.
With Ghana's FA ready to implement the Bossman ruling from next season, Kessben F/C may capitalise on it to romp in quality players whose contracts with their clubs have run out.
Under the Bossman ruling, players whose contracts have ended with their clubs are free to move, meaning the strings like training and development fees would no more be operational.
A close monitoring of Kessben F/C since their qualification to the premiership revealed a determined side ready to take the Ghanaian league by storm.
A management team that has FA member Randy Abbey as the Executive Chairman has been put in place.
The technical team has also been revamped with Isaac 'Opeele' Boateng as coach and Frimpong Manso as technical director.
“We want to put in the right structures to ensure effective management”, a club source told me.
For now work is progressing on a mini stadium for the club in Kumasi. It is expected to take about 5,000 spectators initially.
Story by Kwame Asare Boadu