Executive chairman of Kumasi Asante Kotoko Doctor Kwame Kyei on Wednesday morning led a team of architects and technical men to inspect the Adako Jachie training facility of the club as construction of a new sports stadium on the Adako Jachie land starts to take shape.
When completed the Kotoko stadium is expected to have hold a strong 30 000 crowd thus 10 000 less than the capacity of the Babayara Sports stadium which has been the venue for home matches of Ghana most successful club since the 1950s.
Diggers will appear on the land on Thursday to start the preliminary ground work which centers more on the construction of a fence wall around the Kotoko property to prevent further encroachment on the land.
Kwame Kyei’s massive vision is to raise the image of the club to a befitting level that marches the great history of the African club of the century.
The whistle will be blown tomorrow when diggers appear on the land to commence preliminary work and it continues from there. No time frame has been given for the completion of the whole project but we understand that the project would be completed within the three-year mandate given to Doctor Kyei by the powerful king Otumfour Osei Tutu II – the owner of the dear Ashanti club.
“He has a very great vision for this club. He has always had this plan to build a world-class edifice that goes with the big name of this club. Kotoko deserve more and Doctor is going to do that. He cannot do that alone and he will need the support of all sons of Kotoko who have the club at heart. I am personally happy and cant wait for this massive project to be done” a confidante of the determined Kwame Kyei told Metro FM.
A man without a vision is a man without a future and a man without a future will always return to the past. This adage is so true. Kwame Kyei has proven to be a man with vision to think of such a mammoth project but of course the praise on the rich man will be full when the project is finally delivered but why do we have to doubt the football chairman that invested close to 500 000 Ghana cedis into player recruitment in just his first year ? Even if the results on the pitch have not met expectation the spending strength and deep pocket of the owner of many companies including Unity Oil has been known.
The new Kotoko stadium will also have a training pitch, a changing room and some offices.
“Its going to be a brilliant project and everyone will love it. There are other facilities we are going to have here. The main stadium will be there, there will be a training park, changing rooms and some offices also” a member of the stadium architects Joseph Antwi said.
Meanwhile for another man in the inspection team, Doctor Brefo, the Kotoko stadium will be the biggest infrastructural coup to happen to Kotoko since its birth in 1935.
Kwame Kyei succeeded Opoku Nti as Kotoko chairman in November last year.
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