Open letter to Asante Kotoko CEO Dr. KK Sarpong - Pt 1 Ghana's Joel Hammond has written an open letter to the boss of the Porcupine Warriors to draw his attention to a few issues ongoing in the club that need his attention
 Joel Hammond
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Dear Dr K.K Sarpong,                                        

Exactly two years ago you were appointed as the CEO-cum-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kumasi Asante Kotoko by the life patron and owner of the club Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.

You accepted the challenge albeit your inexperience you had in managing a football club, nonetheless, your managerial acumen was never in doubt, having successfully managed Tema Oil Refinery for four years, the King deemed it fit to hand you a three-year mandate as the leader of the club.

As president of the club, you promised a league title and a possible foray into Africa within your three-year tenure; the former has been achieved but some skeptics believe that Asante Kotoko are not ready to play in the elite competition in Africa. These skepticisms have also been fueled by your own resolve to sell, which has been made even more apparent after the likes of Daniel Nii Adjei, Mohammed Awal, Nathaniel Asamoah, Ben Acheampong, Yaw Frimpong et al who have all been sold at a point when their services were needed the most by the club. A vast majority of the club’s fans have resorted to name calling, the popular one being “to-ton limited” which literally means buy and sell limited. This picture that has characterised your administration has not gone down well with the fans of the club who at a point in time decided to stay away from the club if these player sales persisted.

YOUR TENURE IN REVIEW                                

After a couple of years you have transformed the image of the club from one that Corporate Ghana rarely wanted to associate with, to one that has become a club of repute and has transcended beyond the borders of Ghana. This is evident in the number of sponsors you have been able to rack up since you came to office, Asante Kotoko's name has become synonymous with signing of sponsorship deals, most notably amongst the long list of sponsors include MTN, Interplast, RLG, EverPure, Fidelity Bank just to name a few.

The partnership deal between Kotoko and Sunderland FC is also a major plus to your administration. But the questions still remains why would you sell your best players with all these resources available? In your first year you built quite a solid team with the likes of Ahmed Toure, Baba Rahman, Awal, Nathaniel Asamoah, Yaw Frimpong etc all instrumental in lifting Asante Kotoko from 13th place on the league log to 3rd place at the close of that term - a position which was quite dignifying considering the problems the team had encountered in the early stages of the season.

The Porcupines began their second season under your watch in a much better fashion with ex-player Maxwell Konadu at the helm of affairs. Prior to the start of the season you made provisions for the team to embark on a training tour in Serbia to find tune ahead of the term. The supporters will finally cut you some slack after the league title was delivered at the end of the campaign to the owner of the club Otumfuo Osei Tutu II. The highlight of that season was when your club beat bitterest rivals Accra Hearts of Oak at the famous Baba Yara Sports Stadium. A feat which sent the supporters delirious and in effect breaking a seven-year winless streak against your greatest rivals. You capped off a wonderful season after receiving the accolade of best CEO of the year at the PLB awards night, a ceremony that saw your club win most of the awards at stake.         

Indeed as human, you have had your positives and negatives in the management of this great Ghanaian club. We deem it a great honour to have you at the helm of affairs. For criticisms to be on the low, however, the teeming fans will want you to steer the club to the summit of African football once again in the shortest possible time. There are a lot to be mentioned to you and I am sure in subsequent letters you will be exposed to them all.

Yours Porcupine,

Joel Hammond

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