Not many people are bold enough to brave the uncertainties of taking on new courses in life with the vision of making a mark. When that course entails managing a football club like Asante Kotoko SC, it becomes all the more daunting as one’s ability to even understand the, sometimes, insatiable expectations of fans is in itself a measure of success.
A year into his administration, Dr. Kwame Kyei, Kotoko’s Executive Chairman, believes that the club’s ultimate successes lie in time and in being pragmatic. He has therefore charged supporters to keep faith in the club’s management team as he puts in place the needed measures to yield better and more long lasting legacies for the club. “In the end, supporters just want to see the club grow and we want same.
For some, winning 3 points on the pitch is success and for others, that alone wouldn’t suffice as focus must be given to building physical infrastructure as well. But whichever your indicator of success is, it all involves time as nothing remarkable and sustainable can be achieved over a short period like a year,” he said in a conversation on the club’s focus for the future.
Explaining further, he stated that Kotoko would among others work towards legacy projects that befits the club’s status as the best in Ghana and one of the best on the continent. “Adako Jacrchie is one project I’d personally want to commit to upgrading into a quality facility for use.
A project that will stand the test of time,” he said. Citing the club’s physical infrastructural deficit as one of the many areas of focus, the astute businessman who’s directed the club to winning the Presidents and FA Cups in his very first season, gave the most promising indication yet of his resolve to leave the club better off than he met it. “I’m not quite the type that lives on my morals. “What’s been chalked is good for us but we move forward to reach many more of such in future..
He’s calling on the club’s teeming followers to join hands to push the club’s development agenda forward as set on and off the field. “Kotoko is a huge club and I can’t say this enough; it belongs to the supporters.
A lot of what we seek to achieve takes a lot of sacrifices and this must come from all – from management to the last fan,” he said. Kotoko, after what head coach Steven Polack describes as on “OK season,” considering what was achieved and what was missed out on, are also expected to ring in a number of changes with the prospects of doing well in Africa on mind. The club’s supporters would play a major role in how far the club goes.