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Sports News of Monday, 12 October 2015


'Kuffuor erred in his public announcement'

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Former Kotoko chairman Herbert Mensah says Sammy Kuffuor erred in his public confirmation of his appointment as Kotoko ‘President’ even before it is formalized, leading to the delay in his official confirmation.

Kuffuor, 39, was hugely tipped to be appointed ‘President’ of the Ghanaian giants last Friday but his confirmation has been delayed after going public even before the life patron of the club Otumfuo made his appointment official.

The ex-Bayern Munich star had confirmed his appointment as ‘President’ of the club in an interview with Metro TV.

This public confirmation even before his appointment is officialized seems not to have gone down too well with the club owner.

And former chairman Herbert Mensah believes the ex-Black Stars defender made a huge mistake with his public announcement.

‘Sammy is part the group of people I like. I don’t know what happened because I’m sitting somewhere’ he told Accra-based Kasapa FM

‘Maybe he was so excited. I was told about the Kotoko job in Christmas but it was officially handed over to me in February.

I did not speak with anybody and when I was dismissed, I didn’t speak as well.

The seat of Otumfuo should be respected. I find it difficult to understand why Sammy will go public when Nana has not spoken publicly. I don’t understand why.

‘Protocol suggests that he should have waited. In my view he erred but I believe Nana might overlook it and give him the job.

‘Even if he has erred, let’s be patient with him. Kotoko is in a good state. There is obviously disenchantment within Kotoko now.’

The surprising turn of events is very consistent with Otumfuo’s mode of appointment with respect to Asante Kotoko.

The revered monarch is noted for opting for the appointment of unknowns when media speculation is skewed towards a direction.

There were however advanced talks and an agreement in principle to hand over the club to Kuffour who is an inactive member of the current board.

The club owner might perhaps have done again what he is best noted for by swerving almost everyone in making the choice of who is best fit to run Asante Kotoko.