Kotoko eager to meet FIFA 30-day ultimatum to settle debt
Asante Kotoko have announced the club is eager to meet FIFA's deadline of paying a severance package of 99,000 Euros to former Coach Hans Dieter Schmidt by end of April.
FIFA has threatened to demote Kotoko to the second division if they fail to settle Dieter Schmidt who coached Kotoko in 2004 and 2005 and led the club to the final of the maiden CAF Confederation Cup.
The German Coach who later moved to All Blacks complained to FIFA he was poorly treated by the Porcupine Warriors which wrongly dismissed him and failed to pay an agreed compensation.
Kotoko Chairman Dr. KK Sarpong in a media interaction in Kumasi last Sunday, explained the club is working hard to meet the deadline to avoid the wrath of FIFA
“We have been in touch with the coach (Hans Dieter Schmidt) and we will pay him as directed”. Said KK Sarpong
“We have embarked on some kind of fund raising to enable us pay of this money so we can avoid the wrath of FIFA”.
Kotoko have a lot to think about as the league approaches a crucial stage with just eight matches left to play. The Porcupine Warriors have a difficult away game at Wassaman on Easter Sunday, knowing that Ash Gold and Hearts of Oak are hot on their heels with just eight points separating them in second place.
Story by Benedict Owusu/ JOY Sports