Former President John Agyekum Kufuor is appealing to Asantehene, Otumfour Osei Tutu II the Owner of the Kumasi Asante Kotoko to appoint competent and committed people who have the club at heart to manage the affairs.
On the occasion of the 70th birthday of the King of the Ashanti Kingdom, Otumfour Osei Tutu II, ex-President Agyekum Kuffour in an interview with Manhyia Palace based radio station, Opemsour FM on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 heaped praises on the great King for his exemplary leadership and achievements.
Asante Kotoko and for that matter, Manhyia Palace are in the process of forming a Board of Directors as required by the Club Licensing Board of the Ghana Football Association.
On that exercise, Kufuor pleaded with the Asantehene to appoint competent people on the Board. “The struggle for leadership at Kotoko is real due to how lucrative the club looks, so I will plead with Otumfour to appoint people who understand the game and will lead the club with truth. The leaders should also be protected due to the fact that there are other people who will attempt to bring them down through gossips,” he intimated.
Kufuor, who is an ex-Board Chairman of Asante Kotoko added, “as you know, I was once made the Chairman of Kotoko but I had to divert to politics to serve Ghana."
He urges the leadership of the club to see to the welfare of the players. “I know injuries are part of the game, reason why I would urge the managers to see to the welfare of the players, they must be paid well and have good insurance policies to cover them because their lives could be ruined through injuries. Elsewhere footballers are paid better than Doctors, Lawyers and other professionals but what do we see here in Ghana, players being paid less than a Ghc 1000, what happens if they get injured and can't play anymore?”
He also took time to have a word for the footballers. “And to the footballers, I'm clamouring for your well being but you must also serve the club (Asante Kotoko) with your hearts. The moment you are given the privilege to wear the Kotoko jersey, remember you're serving one of the biggest clubs in Africa and that, you must serve with all your heart.”