I Wouldn’t Have Been Happy After Football If I Had Not Played For Kotoko – Osei Kuffuor
Ghana premier league legend Emmanuel Osei Kuffuor says he would not have been the happiest man on earth after retiring from the game if he had not featured for his favourite club Asante Kotoko.
Kuffour, affectionately called GENERAL joined Asante Kotoko from AshantiGold in 2007 and went ahead to win league titles with the Porcupines.
The former Black Stars man who is currently based in the United States of America (USA) in a conversation with Kum Apem Whatsapp Platform said it was a great moment in his career because he loved the club.
“I travelled to Anzhi on loan but during my time at Hearts of Oak all I wished for was to play for Asante Kotoko because if I had not played Kotoko before hanging y boots I don’t think I would have been happy with that.”
“Before my move to Ashgold, Cudjoe Fianoo and I who was then CEO of the club had an agreement that I will join Kotoko the following year. Though I wasn’t the only one who was going to make a move to Kotoko after playing for Hearts, the likes of Opoku Afriyie and Charles Taylor had earlier done it”
“I knew how much I was loved by Ashantis so I didn’t want to do anything to hurt them, though I was born and bred in Accra, I am a pure Ashanti so I didn’t want to mess up because I had Kotoko at heart and I love it but I was just being professional by doing the right thing even at Hearts.”
The 44-year-old was a proven winner having won 1 CAF Champions League title, 1 CAF Super Cup title and a CAF Confederation Cup title.
On the local scene, he won 6 league titles (5 at Hearts of Oak and 1 at Asante Kotoko), 2 FA Cups, 1 Ghana Super Cup and a Guinness Gala Championship accolade.
Kuffuor played FC Anzhi Makhachkala, Tractor Sazi; Ashantigold SC, Asante Kotoko SC, Power FC, Al- Ittihad Tripoli and a return to Ebusua Dwarfs followed before hanging his boots.