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07.05.2004 Football News

Save Us, Otumfuo -Cornestones

By Graphic

The Chief Executive of Kumasi Cornerstone Football Club, Sheik Abraham Antwi, has appealed to the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, to revamp the club by constituting an effective Board of Directors who would be committed to the effective development of the club to ensure that it redeems its lost glory.

He said as the Life Patron of Cornerstone, the Asantehene should bring his influence to bear on the club just as he has done for Kumasi Asante Kotoko to ensure that Corners overcomes all the hurdles associated in division one and returns to the premier division.

He said without the injection of new blood into the membership of the Board of Directors as is prevailing in Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Corners would sink further into the soccer wilderness and would soon be consigned to oblivion as has happened to other clubs like Kumapim Stars, Great Ashantis, Heroes and others.

Speaking to the Graphic Sports in an interview when he called at the Kumasi Office, Sheik Antwi said, like Kotoko, Corners belongs to Otumfuo Osei Tutu, stressing that any glory the club brings has a positive impact on the Golden Stool.

He said very soon the club would participate in the competitive division one league, but the club has not made adequate preparations to enable it perform creditably. He said apart from financial problems confronting the club, logistics and technical problems are also militating against effective development of Kumasi Cornerstone.

“With the appointment of committed and selfless Board of Directors who are answerable to Otumfuo Osei Tutu, innovative measures would be put in place to bring Corners to the limelight very soon”, he stressed.

He said besides devising efficient measures of running the club, the Board would also assist Corners to generate revenue for the running of the club.Sheik Antwi said the problems of Corners were compounded just after their failure to make an impact on the sub middle league.

“Now Corners seems to be sinking, and if nothing is done before we start the division one league there is no way that we can survive, and this may push us further down”, he lamented.He said with the effective development of Kumasi Cornerstone, more talents would be unearthed to make soccer in Kumasi and its environs very competitive.

This, he said, would make Kumasi livelier, especially during weekends, when league and friendly matches are played.“I am very optimistic that if Otumfuo Osei Tutu appoints a new Board to run Corners, many soccer fans would be eager to make financial contributions to bring Corners back to the elite division”, he noted.

He pointed out that most of the traditional clubs in the country such as Sekondi Eleven Wise, Susubribi, Obuotabri, Rovers, Mighty Eagles, among others, who a few years back were a force to recon with are now consigned to the soccer wilderness because of some myriad of problems, including financial and managerial.

He said Eleven Wise, for example, is now playing in the second division, and indications are that the club would sink further if no concrete measures are put in place to salvage it from its present predicament.“The same thing may happen to Cornerstone if nothing is done immediately to inject new blood into the management of the team”, he noted.

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