Football against Xenophobia: Kotoko storm South Africa for 3-day tourney in July

Players and officials of Kotoko are scheduled to leave for South Africa in July after receiving an invitation to participate in a three-day competition being organised as part of educational campaign against xenophobia.

The invitation, coming from Gzedsports Management and Projects in Johannesburg was received at the Kotoko secretariat this week. General Manager, Opoku Nti disclosed this to and indicated the club’s willingness to participate in the competition.

‘We’ve had an invitation. It’s high on our agenda’ he said giving the indication that, Kotoko will be part of the tournament, which takes place between the 15th and 18th of July, 2015 in the rainbow nation.

‘The tournament is aimed at combating the recent xenophobic attack on foreign nationals and to say ‘No to Xenophobia” said portions of the invitation. Organisers of the competition will bear the cost covering tickets, accommodation, food plus quite a handsome appearance fee for Kotoko’s contingent.

Given the delay to start of the 2014/15 season and the predictable late closure, Kotoko will be neck-deep in the race for a fourth straight Premier League title around the time for the South African tournament.

Thus there are concerns about the timing of the international competition vis-à-vis Kotoko’s domestic programme. Opoku Nti dismissed those concerns. ‘We’ve a very capable team. The calendar is tight but that’s why good planning is necessary. We’ve adequate plans in place to ensure the smooth running of things’ he stated.

The General Manager promised that, management would do everything within their power to ensure Kotoko’s success this season.  Kotoko supporters and some pundits have been arguing that, despite Kotoko’s apparent unimpressive outings on the continent in recent times, the Porcupines still have enormous respect in Africa undoubtedly because of its good name resulting from past African exploits.

Credit: Asante Kotoko

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