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 â€˜diversionaryâ€™ 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, Â claiming the current management team are deploying diversionary tactics to save their own blushes.
â€œItâ€™s unfortunate that people will try to throw mud at someone who has been so committed to Kotoko,â€ Asamoah told Accra-based Peace FM.
â€œThey (management) are responsible for the spread of such rumours. Itâ€™s a deliberate ploy to shift the focus from them for their poor performance.
â€œThe 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.
â€œHow 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.
â€œHe was a fantastic player during his days for both club and country and I respect him for that.
â€œBut to be a manager of Kotoko, I beg to differ. The criticism should be directed at them (management), not Soulama.
â€œLike I said itâ€™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.