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Sunderland sign partnership agreement with Ghana's Kotoko

Published on: 18 July 2011

English side Sunderland have signed a partnership agreement with Ghanaian giants Asante Kotoko, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.

The partnership will see Sunderland share its coaching and business expertise with the the two-time African champions.

The Black Cats will also offer practical support and advice in youth coaching, player development, fitness and medical matters, and football business strategy to the Porcupine Warriors.

GHANAsoccernet.com broke news of talks over the deal in April after the two clubs met in Sunderland and the agreement has now been sealed, says Black Cats chairman Niall Quinn.

He said: "It was a huge honour to welcome the Kotoko officials to our club and I'm delighted that we have now formalised a partnership agreement with them.

"There's a tremendous passion for football in Ghana and I see a real synergy with Sunderland in that respect - football means the world to the people of Ghana and in that respect they are no different to Sunderland fans.

"There's an infectious enthusiasm for the game that is wonderful to witness and we are honoured to be working with Kotoko and the Ghanaian people."

Kotoko in turn will work closely with Sunderland to help the club build and grow its brand in the emerging African territory.

The Kumasi-based side have an astonishing eight million followers and on a recent visit to Sunderland the two club's the respective chairmen enjoyed positive discussions on how both clubs could work together in the future.

A delegation from Kotoko club travelled to Sunderland in April, touring the Black Cats' state of the art training facility, the Academy of Light, meeting Steve Bruce and players, including Sunderland's Ghanaian star striker Asamoah Gyan.

They also visited the Stadium of Light and chairman Niall Quinn was delighted to spend time with them.

Comments

  • kox says:
    July 18, 2011 01:03 pm
    Read from Source; http://www.safc.com/news/20110718/safc-partnership-with-ghana-giants_2256213_2395112
  • Rasky78 says:
    July 18, 2011 12:14 pm
    Good news at least Sunderland will educate Kotoko on how to respect the rules in the game and stop walking away from trophies.
  • JO says:
    July 18, 2011 12:25 pm
    The deal shud hav included teaching kotoko how to behave professionaly from de top hierarchy to de players. Kotoko must start behaving like a 75 year old pro. Club n not an amateur club. Good news though, n i imagined some older folks wud be jealous
  • Fashanu says:
    July 18, 2011 10:28 am
    This is great and wonderful news to the Porcupine family. We will continue to set the pace and let others worry about how we did it. fabu beku me.
  • Justice T says:
    July 18, 2011 10:28 am
    this is good,
  • IKEMAN says:
    July 18, 2011 11:13 am
    THAT IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. AND MY HOPE IS THAT THE FRUITS WOULD BE THERE FOR ALL TO SEE(AND AMULATE).
  • Nana Osei Bonsu. a.k.a PHILA says:
    July 18, 2011 11:16 am
    Good one there, Fabu4ever Haters can go to HELL
  • phill says:
    July 18, 2011 11:30 am
    for once we've heard something positive about kotoko. good news for u. congrats!
  • BOB says:
    July 18, 2011 11:16 pm
    KOTOKO DE BEST.