Good news coming from the camp of Asante Kotoko indicate that, the life patron of the club, His Royal Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has released funds to the club to settle players arrears.
It could be recalled that, players of the Reds were summoned to Manhyia few days ago to have a private meeting with the Asantehene as Opemsuo wanted to know about the current state of the club regarding the welfare of the players.
This was to ensure that all players have their welfare issues well taken care of, and to ensure smoothness in the running of their duties.
The inquiry was on a peaceful note, taking into consideration the rise in the team’s performance in the domestic league.
However, Asantehene has released an amount of GH₵710,000 cedis which is around US123,000 dollars to settle players’ unpaid signing-on-fees, Otumfuo’s Ankobeahene and Kotoko board member Baffour Kwame Kusi II has confirmed to Kumasi-based Light FM sports.
“Yes, it’s true. A week ago, Otumfuo invited the playing body which was accompanied by the team manager (Ohene Brenya), though CEO was informed before the meeting. Nana had a lengthy chat with the players about their welfare. Their major worry was their signing-on-fee owed the senior players, though they shared a lot of their problems which we can’t bring them to the public. When we calculated the debt, it was about GHc7.1 billion (old currency) which was to clear all the signing-on-fee. After a week, Nana called the BoD chairman (Kwame Kyei) to come for the money to settle the players,” Ankobeahene Baffour Kwame Kusi II confirmed.
The King of Asante is poised to furnish the team with quality players in order for the team to return to its glory days.
Meanwhile, the management of the club led by Nana Yaw Amponsah are yet to meet and start paying the players debt.