THE Life Patron of Kumasi Asante Kotoko, the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has with immediate effect appointed Dr K.K. Sarpong, former Managing Director of the Tema Oil Refinery, as Executive Chairman of the club.
In addition, the otumfuo appointed 11 others on a new board for the club.
At a meeting at the Manhyia Palace yesterday, the Asantehene named the other members of the board as Mr Kabral Blay-Amihere, chairman of the National Media Commission, Mr Paul Adu-Gyamfi , legal practitioner, Mr E.A. Owusu-Ansah, MP for Kwabre West and former Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr Ricky Boakye Yiadom, Key Distributor of Guinness in Kumasi, Alhaji Ahmed Bando, Chief Executive of Bamed Travel and Tours, and Mr Mike Twum Barimah, business executive.
The rest are Alhaji Abu Lamin, business executive, Mrs Agnes Osei-Peters, business executive, Mr Kofi Duah Adonten legal practitioner, who is the secretary to the Board, and a representative each from the Old Players Association and the National Circles.
In a speech, the Asantehene expressed regret about the dwindling fortunes of the club in recent years and said that was not what Kotoko was known for.
He directed the Board to appoint a management team to run the day-to-day affairs of the club, and further charged the Board to do everything to lift up the club to its proper position as pace setters of Ghana football.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu also charged the Board to develop and implement a three-year strategic plan that would see the club organised within the ambit of the Ghana Companies Code.
He again asked the Board to ensure that the club won trophies instead of playing second fiddle to other clubs.
Otumfuo lamented the way Kotoko matters were discussed on radio without any recourse to laid down process and stressed the need for the new Board to halt the practice.
In his acceptance speech, Dr Sarpong thanked Otumfuo for the confidence reposed in them and promised that they would not fail.
He said the Board was made up of tried and tested people from various fields and said he had no doubt about their ability to deliver.