A FORMER management member of Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Mr Yaw Gyasi, has attacked past managements of the club since the period of Mr Herbert Mensah for running the club as their personal property.
He said the managements did whatever they liked even though there were rules and regulations governing the administration of the club.
He indicated that instead of applying the club’s constitution, some of the managements travelled their own path just to “chop the club small”, bringing the once fearsome side into a despicable state today.
In an interview with the Graphic Sports in Kumasi yesterday, Mr Gyasi said, “Whenever the managements come into office their leaders say it is Nana who appointed us so we have to operate as we wish.”
Mr Gyasi was a member of the S.S. Appiah-led management as well as the first Alhaji Inje-led IMC.
Noted for his principled stand in the running of the club, Mr Gyasi appealed to the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, who owns the club to get any future board to strictly work according to the club’s constitution if Kotoko were to get any foot to stand on.
“Just look at what is going on today. The management is working with no focus and this is very dangerous for Kotoko,” Mr Gyasi said.
He welcomed reports about the intended moves by the Life Patron of the club to appoint a board for the club, saying that would bring life back to the two times Africa champions.
However, he maintained that the failure by the board to work according to Kotoko’s constitution would be disastrous no matter the personalities who would constitute the board.
The club’s constitution, he said, allowed the board to appoint a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who in turn would appoint his or her management.
Mr Gyasi said the CEO position should be advertised and the applicants taken through the due process before one is appointed.
The former management member said the management should include representatives of all the organs of the club, including the old players, circles and Kotoko ladies, among others.
He questioned which serious organisation in Ghana did not operate under one constitution or the other and said, "We have to let Otumfuo see that we are serious and can work to change the club for the better".
Mr Gyasi noted that anytime there was a proper management in place working with the club’s constitution, there was peace and progress in the club.