Posted On Tuesday, 16th April 2013
The board chairman of Kotoko Dr. KK Sarpong has issued a grovelling apology to supporters of the club after the recriminations over the club’s exit in the CAF Champions League.
Tempers were high in the wake of the club’s elimination by Algerian side Bejaia from Africa’s top-flight competition with some fans accusing the club’s chief of mismanagement.
The accusations on several radio stations prompted a sharp response from the accomplished manager of big businesses which has been interpreted in many quarters as an insult to supporters of the club.
But in a meeting with the club’s Greater Accra Regional Circles Council on Monday Dr. Sarpong apologised for the Porcupines early exit from the competition as well as the perceived attack on the supporters of the two-time African champions.
“I apologize to all supporters for two reasons: not being able to win the African Champions League. I will also like to apologize for my utterances on radio,” Dr. Sarpong told the meeting.
While pleading with the supporters to continue to back the side’s Sarpong was grateful for their support particularly this season when they contributed to paying off their former coach Hans Dieter Schmidt after his sacking.
“Kotoko fans are the best there is. They are the best in the word. Just recall how all of you came together when we were in the trouble with Hans Dieter Schmidt,” Sarpong said.
“The fans showed love when they virtually single-handedly paid off the debt of Hans Dieter-Schmidt, raising about $124,000.”
The German trainer was owed for wrongful termination of contract seven years ago and had the backing from the Court of Arbitration for Sport to claim damages.
Kotoko are now in the hunt for the local double as they are through to the last 16 of the MTN FA Cup and are third in the Glo Premier League.