Most politicians have incredibly busy lives, balancing long hours of serving their constituents or citizens with keeping their name out of scandal and the trials and tribulations of everyday life.
Many, however, still find time in their schedules to back their favourite football teams—although some may use the love of a club as a political tool, making them seem more down-to-earth and likeable.
Here follows a list of the most high-profile Ghanaian football-loving politicians who are Porcupines.
Disclaimer: This list may force you to disassociate yourself with your football club and/or political party.
In April 2015, the first gentleman of the land confessed his love for Asante Kotoko in an interview with Accra-based Starr FM. He said; “I’m a strong Kotoko man.”
He explained his long-time interest for the Kumasi-based giants.
Mathew Opoku Prempeh (NAPO)
This man needs no introduction on the list. The minister of Education and member of parliament for Manhyia South is an ardent fan of Asante Kotoko. He often attends games both in Accra and Kumasi and is a known fan of the club.
John Kofi Agyekum Kufuor
He recently advised the life patron and owner of Kotoko, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II to appoint competent men to lead the club. The former president of Ghana, John Agyekum Kufuor served Asante Kotoko as chairman in the 1990s and has remained an avid fan of the club till date.
The former deputy Minister for Youth and Sports is an ardent Porcupine. Hon. Osei Bonsu Amoah has always been heard in interviews digesting Kotoko issues. In 2019, the Member of Parliament for Akuapem South in the Eastern Region revealed that they had set up a Group in Parliament to support Asante Kotoko during the club’s CAF Confederation Cup campaign under CK Akonnor.
Osei Kyei Mensah
The Majority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu keeps it local with his support of Kotoko.
He was a part of the 66 MPs who formed a group in 2019 to raise funds to cushion Asante Kotoko in the CAF Confederation Cup campaign during the era of CK Akonnor.
He is the Member of Parliament for Suame constituency.
Sanid Suleman Adamu
The Member of Parliament for Ahafo Ano North Constituency was part of the MPs that formed the Kotoko supporters group in parliament.
He once said in an interview with Sikka FM; “The Asante Kotoko Sponsors Group which is made up of 66 MP’s, was formed following an observation we made about the growth the club was going through under Dr. Kwame Kyei’s administration.”
Kwadwo Baah Agyemang
The Board Chairman of the National Sports Authority (NSA), Honorable Kwadwo Baah-Agyemang, recently observed that he is ready to make monetary contributions to help Asante Kotoko build its stadium.
The former member of Parliament for Asante Akyem North, on many occasions, has reaffirmed his desire to take over the reins of CEO of Asante Kotoko if he’s given the nod by Manhyia.
Kennedy Ohene Agyapong
Kennedy Agyapong who turned 60 years few days ago is an avid Kotoko supporter who earlier declared his love for the club after stating that his father was a Hearts of Oak fan.
The Member of Parliament for Assin North constituency was gifted an Asante Kotoko jersey by the Awareness Group during his birthday live on Net2 Television.
The business magnate has carved a niche for himself as not only a politician and businessman but a vicious orator who won’t spare the chance to descend on anyone who crosses his path.
Last on the list is the Member of Parliament for Ahafo Ano South East constituency in the Ashanti Region, Francis Man-Adabor. The 59-year-old who hails from Biemso No1 on countless times has reiterated his readiness to serve Asante Kotoko at the highest level if called upon.
He is currently the Chairman of the Parliamentary select committee on Land and Forestry.
Who else do you remember?