Ghanacrusader’s Joel Eshun today enters into the transfer polices of Asante Kotoko, telling the porcupines management headed by George Amoako and the Executive Chairman DR. Kwame Kyei that no serious team signs 12 players in a single transfer window. He hits hard on the unreasonable transfer policies of Kotoko which have questionable end-yielding results. Read on;
There is no doubt about Executive Chairman of Asante Kotoko, DR. Kwame Kyei’s ambitions to conquer Africa for the porcupines after a long hiatus since the 1983 triumph. There is no gainsaying also the stated ambition to make his Royal Majesty Otumfour Osei Tutu II, owner of Asante Kotoko happy and proud again in an African triumph.
Asante Kotoko will be playing in the CAF Champions League for the 2019/20 season after winning the Normalisation Committee’s Special Cup.
But what I still don’t understand: Why is the club signing players left, right centre- I mean anyhow in this ambition to conquer Africa mantra? Since DR. Kwame Kyei took over from Opoku Nti as the Executive Club Chairman, various coaches entered the teapot to handle the club in less than three years. Is that the best way to build a good team? Severing ties with coaches in only short periods!
Currently, Asante Kotoko have officially signed “twelve good players” as preparations towards their African Campaign. Even the world’s richest clubs Manchester United and Real Madrid, who were in crisis last season and ended their season with no trophy and one losing their Champions League slot, will not even sign twelve players in a single transfer window.
Below are the twelve(12) players the Porcupines have signed so far:
Justice Blay( Medeama SC-Loan ), Ampem Dacosta (Karela Utd), Kelvin Andoh (WA ALL STARS), Kwame Baah ( Free ), George Aberga (Kariobangi Sharks), Richard Arthur (Free), Godfred Asiamah(Ash-Gold), Zuamana Traore (Burkina Faso), Mamuado Kouyate(Mali), Adringa Musah(Lobi Stars), Bright Enchil (Medeama SC) and Arnold Dide(on trials).
Can the club justify with cogent reasons of football development why in a season they bring in eight to nine players to the club and ship them out after just a season with the club when they don’t perform? What at all do Kotoko see in these players before they go in for them? What scouting reports do they get concerning the numerous players they even signed last season before they decided to sign these new players?
Talking about these new signings, how many years has the club monitored these players to see if they fit the standard of the club! It is not an automatic guarantee for any player to perform because he is wearing Kotoko Jersey.
Next question! Did the club sign these players upon the recommendations of newly appointed head Coach Kjetil Zachariassen? Or the management took it upon themselves to sign these players and impose them on the technical handlers? If the club executive managers expect technical handlers to meet the intended targets set for them in this circumstance, then they must be joking. On the scale of justice delivery, this is an unfair demand on the technical handlers!
In my own estimation, if Asante Kotoko do not take their time and build a better and more modernist modest player recruitment strategy like their colleagues in Africa are doing, they will never make any meaningful impact on the African stage in the next ten years. This is because Africa are conquered by teams, and not players. Their rivals, Hearts of Oak, are on record to have built a team for almost three years before they were able to conquer Africa in 2000 when they beat Espérance Sportive de Tunis in the finals.
Like I told ‘Kwesi Appiah that prayers don’t not win Afcon’ in my last piece, Kotoko will be nowhere near an African trophy if they don’t put proper measures in place to harness and harmonise the team’s technical direction and player recruitment policies.
I would be happy to receive your comments and suggestions. Together we build a strong football presence in Ghana!