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Attempts to attack Soulama with bribery is 'diversionary' - Powerful Kotoko executive boss

Published on: 17 February 2014
Paul Asamoah is unhappy with the administrative style of Samuel Opoku Nti

By Patrick Akoto

Chairman of the powerful Asante Kotoko Executive Club 50 Paul Asamoah has taken a stinging potshot at the administrative style of interim boss Samuel Opoku Nti, describing allegations of bribery against goalkeeper Abdoulaye Soulama as ‘diversionary’ tactics.

The Burkinabe shot-stopper is rumoured to have been influenced to throw their CAF Champions League return leg away against Barrack Young Controllers.

The 33-year-old has been accused of conceding a cheap goal in their 1-0 defeat in Monrovia which ensured the Liberians qualified to the next phase of the qualifying campaign.

However, the chairman of the powerful supporters group, Paul Asamoah has rubbished such reports,  claiming the current management team are deploying diversionary tactics to save their own blushes.

“It’s unfortunate that people will try to throw mud at someone who has been so committed to Kotoko,” Asamoah told Accra-based Peace FM.

“They (management) are responsible for the spread of such rumours. It’s a deliberate ploy to shift the focus from them for their poor performance.

“The current management headed by Opoku Nti are simply not up to task. I have said on a number of occasions that he (Opoku Nti) cannot do the job.

“How do you give a big club like Kotoko to someone like Opoku Nti to run? I mean no disrespect, but he lacks the managerial skills to manage a great brand like Kotoko.

“He was a fantastic player during his days for both club and country and I respect him for that.

“But to be a manager of Kotoko, I beg to differ. The criticism should be directed at them (management), not Soulama.

“Like I said it’s a calculated attempt to shift the criticism from them and create an impression that someone other than them is responsible for our early exit from the Champions League.

He added: I feel so sorry to be a supporter of Kotoko at this moment. The foundation had been laid for these people and look at how they have dismantled the confidence of the rank and file of the supporters."

The Executive Club 50 is a group of top businessmen who make significant financial contribution to the club.


This article has 3 comment(s), give your comment
  • Kwadwo Ofor, U.S of A says:
    February 17, 2014 05:35 pm
    Mr. Paul Asamoah, if you feel sorry to be a supporter of Asante Kotoko, I have two words for you. BACK OFF!!!
  • askantwi says:
    February 17, 2014 05:44 pm
    I you have a personal beef with Opoku Nti come out with it. Do not question the integrity of the Otumfour who appointed him to the chairmanship. How could you blame Opoku Nti for starting this unfortunate bribing rumour simply because he is the CEO of the club. Idiot.
  • Nana Kwadwo, U.S of A says:
    February 17, 2014 06:19 pm
    Mr. Paul Asamoah, please I have just two words for u. If u sorry to be a Kotoko supporter, please back off.