CHARACTERISTICALLY, Kumasi Asante Kotoko have entered the transfer market with a big bang and are ready to romp in the best for the 2009/2010 local and continental competitions.
Kotoko have promised to make a positive impact on the domestic league and the CAF Champions League next season and believe revamping the team is the answer to the dream.
Already they have secured the services of King Faisal’s attacking midfielder, Abdul Samad Oppong, and three other players from relegated Tema Youth. The Tema Youth players are striker Edward Affum, midfielder Haruna Ganiyu and defender Godfred Fosu.
The Porcupine Warriors have also entered the camp of Berekum Arsenal and are on the verge of snatching their captain and midfielder, Frank Yeboah, and defender Mutalabi Mohammed.
A member of the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of Asante Kotoko, Mr Sarfo Gyamfi, told the Graphic Sports that everything was on course and that Kotoko would be the team to beat next season.
Samad Oppong, who was the top scorer for King Faisal last season, was also being sought for by Hearts of Oak and Real Tamale United.
However, he opted for Asante Kotoko because in his opinion the two times Africa Champions would provide the best platform for him to advance his career.
According to him, he would give his best to help build Asante Kotoko into a winsome side.
It is likely Asante Kotoko would lose the services of midfielder, Jordan Opoku, and striker Alex Asamoah to the exodus bandwagon, and the best option for the IMC is to get quality replacements.
Asamoah, who was the leading scorer in the last domestic league has been out of the country on trials with some European sides, and reports indicate his chances of playing in top flight football are bright.
Asante Kotoko will also cut down the playing body, meaning some of the players currently with the club will be put on transfer, while others are loaned out to some clubs.