Prosper Narteh Ogum
Prosper Narteh Ogum has confirmed that he has resigned as Asante Kotoko head coach in a letter addressed to the club and supporters.
Ogum stated that his “departure is in the best interest of the club”, and extended “warmest appreciation to His Royal Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Board and Management of the club for the opportunity, belief and trust reposed in me and my team and made my dream a reality.”
Ogum was appointed on a two-year deal before the start of last season after leaving WAFA. He guided the team to win the Ghana Premier League.
The university lecturer announced his decision to step down during a board meeting last month, and he submitted a letter to that effect this week.
“My journey at Kotoko was short lived but the varied experience during this period will always remain dear. The passion, warmth and love I was welcomed with made me feel at home. Indeed, my dream of becoming a Kotoko coach, which I constantly told my students, had come to reality. Though enthused about joining one of the biggest clubs in Africa, I knew I was brought there for a reason, the mission was to deliver,” Ogum said.
“Our journey, as a team, met some obstacles when we lost some matches and missed out on trophies, but we continually enjoyed the unflinching support of the fabulous family and soared. The backing of our supporters over memorable wins at Dormaa, Tarkwa and Sogakope made us feel like champions. Our efforts were crowned with winning the Ghana Premier League after eight (8) years, making Kotoko the best club for the season.”
“Taking Kotoko to Africa and defending the league trophy was my aim, but it is regrettable that I must leave midstream. I believe my departure is in the best interest of the club.”
“I extend my warmest appreciation to His Royal Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Board and Management of the club for the opportunity, belief and trust reposed in me and my team and made my dream a reality. To the Technical and Medical Team, the Legends as well as the Playing Body, I am most grateful for your support.”
“To the supporters, I doff my hat to you. You truly stood with me and sincerely inspired me. I have always felt loved, cherished and valued. Your passion for the club was my inspiration. If any action of mine caused any pain, I am sorry.”
Kotoko have begun pre-season training under the direction of youth coach Abdul Gazele. They will travel to Turkey to continue their season preparations.