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28.04.2009 Football News

Mensah hints at Kotoko return

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Former Asante Kotoko CEO Herbert Mensah has refused to rule out a return to club where he scored high marks as as football administrator.

Kotoko are currently expressing some managerial crises and the charismatic football administrator is speculated to be in the race.

Speaking on an Accra-based radion station Joy FM, he dropped hints of a possible return to the position he vacated seven years ago.

"Am not sure am ready for it but if Otumfuo asks me then who am I to say no," he quizzed.

"The club has gone through a lot of changes and it is important we appreciate that.

"During my reign at Kotoko, we tried to bring a lot of professionalism into the game and for those who were close to I will attest to that fact."

Mensah is credited with the introduction of modern football practices to the Ghanaian League and made Kotoko commercially viable. 

During his tenure at Kotoko in the late 1990s, he was able to secure a shirt sponsorship deal with then mobile operators Mobitel and Spacefon.

He also landed a sponsorship deal with German-based kit manufacturing firm Uhlsport but was sacked in 2002. 

Mensah also had a positive impact during his short spell with King Faisal by securing a sponsorship deal with Nokia.

He however stormed out of the relationships after a fall-out with club owner Alhaji Karim Gruzah.

Attempts to partner clubs like Real Sportive and Real Tamale United in the past have ended in accrimony as divorce. 

Mensah recently led a British-Islands consortium Fortia to take over AshantiGold Football Club but that was discontinued by the club's board of directors.

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