Kotoko coach Didi Dramani to remain at post

The under-fire trainer has received the backing of the club's management to continue to build a formidable team for the future despite growing calls to axe him

The Executive Chairman of Kumasi Asante Kotoko Dr. KK Sarpong has emphasised that under-fire coach Mas-Ud Didi Dramani will remain at post despite their Caf Champions League exit.

Dramani’s side failed to advance past JSM Bejaia to the round of 16 of the elite inter-club tournament of Africa after a four-year absence.

Dr. Sarpong’s administration has come under serious criticism in the past few days questioning their decision to sell key players and not replacing them, but the Porcupine Warriors boss is pleading with their large following to exercise restraint.

“I’m not a short-termist; I don’t put excessive focus on short-term results at the expense of long-term interests. I don’t believe firing the coach at this moment will do as any good. If we go to the market to look for a coach, who else is around?” Dr. Sarpong told FootyGhana.

“The coach has come to Kotoko; a big team for the first time and is sure to face some challenges. If we don’t give him support, how can he perform? We all have our ups and downs. After all, even [Jose] Mourinho was humiliated by Barcelona but with the support given him at Madrid, we all can attest to his success there so far.”

Dr. Sarpong also made reference to Manchester United boss who has been with the club for over 25 years which he believes helps in team stability.

“The success story of Manchester United’s Sir Alex Ferguson is also as a result of patience for the manager to run the club to attain its targets,” the administrator added.

The Ghana Premier League defending champions are still in contention for the double hoping to retain their title where they currently lie 3rd on the league table with four points separating them from leaders Medeama with 10 games to end the season.

“We are in talks with the coach on how to improve performance and win the two trophies we are still in contention for. He has a duty to perform so let’s support and encourage him and the players to put smiles back on our faces. It is at the end of the season when we will have a clear idea on how to move forward,” Dr. Sarpong added.