George Afriyie, the former Vice President of the Ghana Football Association, has disclosed his contribution towards Didi Dramani’s appointment as the head coach of Asante Kotoko.
Dramani was appointed in 2012, having led the Black Maidens to a successful campaign at the World Cup that same year. During his tenure, he guided Kotoko to two consecutive Ghana Premier League titles while serving as an assistant coach for the Black Stars.
In an interview with 3Sports, Afriyie shared how he advised Dramani to consider a top-tier team and recommended him to Dr. KK Sarpong, who was the CEO of Kotoko at the time.
Afriyie had worked with Dramani before and believed in his capabilities. When Dramani asked who would employ him, Afriyie assured him that he would make the recommendation, which ultimately led to his appointment.
“I have worked with Didi Dramani and I was one of the first people to tell him to take a shot at a big team. One day, I called him and said, Didi, look, you are good, I have seen you at lower level football, women football but take a shot at a top team, his question was, chairman, who is going to employ me and I said I will recommend you, so I recommended him to Dr KK Sarpong (The then CEO of Kotoko) and he was hired by Kotoko”
Currently, Didi Dramani serves as one of the assistant coaches for the Black Stars.