Friday, July 31, 2009


THERE is a state of uncertainty in the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of dethroned champions, Kumasi Asante Kotoko, over its continued stay in office.
After working assiduously to lift the club from the doldrums to a respectable second placing in the just-ended Glo Premier League,
members of the committee, chaired by Alhaji Inje, are not sure whether they are going to be asked to remain in office or not.
This is because their mandate expired at the end of the league and so far no word has come from the corridors of power at Manhyia whether they will remain in office or not.
With Otumfuo back from his private visit to Europe, many are waiting
with bated breath over what the Asante King would say about the direction of the club.
The IMC was appointed to replace the Sylvester Asare Owusu-led management which was infested with acrimony and confusion.
When Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene, was appointing the IMC a few
months ago, he told them that their term of office would end at the end of the league.
Otumfuo indicated that day that a new board that would be named would appoint a substantive management to run the affairs of the club. This goes to show that technically the IMC will not be in place for the next season.
However, some club supporters believe that going by the performance of the IMC, it would be good for them to remain in office.
Indeed the IMC itself had indicated that they are ready to continue work to change the fortunes of the club if the Asantehene gives them the green light.
Already, the IMC had initiated moves to revamp the team to make it more winsome next season.
Kotoko have indicated their readiness to play in the CAF Champions League next season and management have started working towards the championship.
Management is tight-lipped on players pencilled for recruitment but, the Graphic Sports can say that defender Samuel Kyere of Bechem Chelsea, will surely don the red jersey next season.
Kotoko could also lose some key players to the exodus bandwagon. Harrison Afful is likely to join Mamelodi Sundowns in South Africa, while strikers Kwadwo Poku and Alex Asamoah are also likely to play in the Maghreb Region.

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