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11.03.2005 Football News

Have No Interest In Kotoko CEO Job

By Graphic

As Kotoko's Chief Executive Officer, Major Yaw Larson (Rtd),awaits the final decision of the Board on his tenure, a key board member, Mr Kwabena Kesse, aka Kessben, has dismissed allegations in certain circles of the club that he is behind moves to remove the CEO in order to get the chance to occupy the position.

Admitting that there was something wrong with the managerial direction of the club, Mr Kesse said, however, that it would be regrettable for the CEO or any management member to think that he was eyeing the Chief Executive position.

“I have zero interest in that position. Kotoko cannot pay me $100,000 a month,”the young business executive told the Graphic Sports in an interview in Kumasi on Wednesday.

The board member would not delve into what was going on wrongly in the management of the club,saying “it to premature to venture into that area”.

Major Larson's one-year probation of his two-year contract has always expired, but the board had given him an extension pending further scrutiney of the accounts he submitted.

Recent developments resulting from suspicions, accusations and counter accusations within the high corridors of the club had fuelled speculations that Major Larson was about to be kicked out from his position.

Mr Kesse said he is content with the role given him by Otumfuo the Asantehene as a board member and indicated that he is prepared to perform his assignment to the best of his ability.

Mr Kesse said he does not envy the position of the CEO, but was quick to add that if something was going on wrongly he,as a board member,or the board as a collective body,had the right to bring it out and seek ways to correct it.

According to him, he has for a long time devoted a substantial part of his time,energy and resources to move Kotoko forward” and I have no regrets for that because I respect the Otumfuo who owns the club”.

Kotoko reportedly owes Mr Kesse's Fosua Hotel located in the Aseda House a substantial sum of money,yet the board member has refused to comment on it in public or make any demands for the money.

Meanwhile, Asante Kotoko are preparing feverishly for the crucial second leg preliminary CAF Champions League match against FAR in Morocco.

The team is expected to emplane for Tripoli, Libya, en route to Morocco on Sunday.Coach Malik is leaving nothing to chance, bearing in mind the strength of the Moroccans, especially when playing at home.

Since the first leg the coach has persistently hammered home the determination of his players to make Asanteman and the whole Ghana proud by qualifying for the next stage.

He would not reveal the strategy he would adopt for the second leg but said since the Moroccans are likely to open up, as against their defensive posture in the first leg in Kumasi,he will find a way out to overrun them at their own backyard.

But Kotoko will be the first to admit that lack of effective training matches had a telling effect on their output last Sunday.As such plans are underway to have one with the locally-assembled Black Stars in Accra before the team emplanes for Morocco.

Kotoko will be playing the second leg without their former captain,Joseph Hendricks.The defender is seeking floating status from the GFA Player Status Committee to enable him join a club of his choice.

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