Confusion Rocks Kotoko After Caf Champions League Exit

Posted On Monday, 8th April 2013

Kotoko players

By Patrick Akoto

Ghanaian giants Asante Kotoko are in turmoil following their exit from the CAF Champion League.

The Porcupine Warriors flattered to deceive as they exited the competition after drawing 1-1 at home to Algerian side JSM Bejaia.

The Ghanaian champions were the overwhelming favourites to go past an Algerian side for the first time in their history following their priceless draw in Bejaia two weeks ago.

But the players failed to come to the party, leaving their fans in anguish and despair as another attempt of making an impact in Africa’s elite competition went up in smoke.

Coach Mas-ud Draman showed his anger and frustration by attributing their exit to ‘a lack of concentration, a lack of communication and a lack of co-ordination.

The pressure on Draman is growing, with doubts over whether he has the ability to reverse their fortunes. It is a crisis compounded by the apparent lack of leadership at the club.

While the coach and the players have come in for lots of flak for not showing enough ‘urgency’ and desire to win, the management team of the club have not been spared the criticism.

Angry supporters have re-ignited the long-standing debate over the selling policy adopted by Executive Board Chairman Dr Kofi Kodua Sarpong.

The former boss of the Tema Oil Refinery came in for heavy criticism for his selling policy which saw as many as four key players leave the club.

Critics argued that it was unwise for any serious club, determined to win the continental title to sell its prize assets and yet expects to win silverware.

A former member of the club’s Youth Development Committee, David Siribuor,  has openly criticized the administrative style of the Executive Board Chairman claiming he has surrounded himself with ‘greedy and arrogant’ persons who have ill-advised him on the proper running of the club.

The blame game is in full swing with the future of coach Draman and the current management team expected to dominate the major talking points in the weeks ahead.