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Sports News of Wednesday, 10 April 2019


We can’t pay any player $1000 a month – Asante Kotoko

Kumasi Asante Kotoko cannot afford to pay any of their players a salary of up to $1000, a management member has revealed.

The recently announced they had entered negotiations with Zambian side Zesco United to sell two of their prized assets, Songne Yacouba and Emmanuel Gyamfi.

The pair have been in stupendous form for the Porcupine Warriors, especially standing out in the club’s CAF Confederation Cup campaign which ended in a group stage exit.

Understandably, some fans of the club have expressed disappointment in the decision, claiming the club cannot compete in Africa if they sell their most valuable players to African rivals.

But Nana Kwame Dankwah, the club’s Protocol Officer, has confessed that the club does not possess the financial wherewithal to match the paychecks other foreign clubs are offering their players.

“One thing we must all know is that the Ghanaian economy is not strong; it is weak.“At Kotoko, we cannot pay a player $1,000 in our team. Let’s be realistic and not deceive ourselves,” Dankwah told Oyerepa FM.

“In this economy, no club, I tell you no club can afford paying a player $1,000 and above. You would be burdening yourself with debts if you do that in the current dispensation.“Yes there might be exceptions with some one or two players in the team that you may risk paying the amount [but not across board].”