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Kotoko appear to have shot themselves in the foot - yet again - and are set to commence 2013-14 season in a worse state, argues Goal's Nana Frimpong

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By Nana Frimpong

For a club that has just secured a 22nd league title, Kumasi Asante Kotoko is rocking a little too unsteadily.

Events that have followed that record-extending triumph have thrown the Fabulous camp into sheer disarray.

Two high-profile games - one being an FA Cup final fixture - have been lost, while coach Didi Dramani is marked
"Even worse, the club is set to lose a number of its finer players to transfers abroad, in what appears merely a continuation of the destabilizing 'Tonaton' policy"
for an unheralded exit that would make him the fifth Kotoko championship-winning coach in a row to vacate his post immediately in the aftermath of leading the Porcupine Warriors to domestic glory, after Abdul Razak (2003), Afranie (2005), Bashiru Hayford (2008), and Maxwell Konadu who left at the end of last season.

Meanwhile, the man who sanctioned Didi's imminent dismissal, the club's Executive Chairman Dr. Kofi Koduah Sarpong, has had his own position severely rocked by allegations of financial mismanagement hurled his way from all angles, thus questioning his very integrity. Unconfirmed reports are that Otumfuor Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene, in whose charge Kotoko ultimately lie has rejected his resignation.

Alienated by a spat with the Ghana Football Association, the media, the club's fans, and even by the ever-supportive Ashanti monarchy (to an extent), Sarpong's Kotoko treads dangerously. Such is the turmoil the Reds find themselves in, and few events could form a sequence that spells out disorder and doom more clearly than these do. Even worse, the club is set to lose a number of its finer players to transfers abroad, in what appears merely a continuation of the destabilizing 'Tonaton' policy initiated by the club's outgoing boss.

Thus, should all these unsettling exit - of chairman Sarpong, coach Dramani, and the potentially transferable players - be confirmed, Kotoko would find themselves in the unpleasant situation of seeking replacements in the administrative, technical and playing departments, and thus would be required to start all over for next season rather than have something worthwhile to build on. Ultimately, the quest for a third successive Ghana Premier League title and an onslaught on continental glory next term would be heavily compromised, and the club would be none the better for it. This trend of discontinuity has been the bane of Kotoko eras in the past, and it seems likely to be the case in the club's present and future as well.

Rather than riding on the crest of their latest success, Kotoko appear to have shot themselves in the foot - yet again - and are set to commence 2013-14 season in a worse state than most of their rivals should they fail to right these wrongs in the remainder of the off-season.

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