Ali Maradona says Kotoko’s management should be held responsible for the team’s Caf Champions League failure
A former Public Relations Officer for Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Ali Maradona, has blamed the management team spearheaded by Dr. Kofi Kodua Sarpong for the failure of the team to progress to the round of 16 stage of the Caf Champions League.
Algeria’s JSM Bejaia eliminated Kotoko on a 1-1 goal aggregate with the away goal rule in a Caf Champions League match played at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi on Sunday after both played goalless draw game a fortnight ago.
Players such as Baba Rahman, Yaw Frimpong, Daniel Nii Adjei, Awal Mohammed, as well as strikers Nathaniel Asamoah, Ben Acheampong were sold from Kotoko’s last season’s Ghana Premier League title winning squad.
Maradona believes not getting proper replacements for key players has caused the team on the continental stage
“The issue of this loss in Africa is all about our players," Ali told Accra–based Citi FM. "And definitely I will give another blame to the management and how they sold our players in the past years.”
“When you go back to the record of Asante Kotoko, you can see it clearly that before you can play for Kotoko fully you need to play for the team for two to three years. But these players have been there for only six to eight months.”
While Kotoko’s large following supporters have turned on the heat on management calling for the head of the coach Didi Dramani, the former spokesperson believes the coach is not to be blamed.
“I do not think Didi Dramani is the problem. The problem is all about the players and the management. He played 22 matches, won eight, drew eight and lost just two in the league.”
“Why are they giving him the blame? If you look at the players in Kotoko now, is he the one who brought them into the team? The answer is no.”
Kotoko will now have to turn their attention to midweek with the round of 16 of the MTN FA Cup.