Abdul Karim Gruzah hits out at Kotoko supporters union over 'booze' sponsorship, wants fans to focus on paying dues

Published on: 30 November 2017

King Faisal owner Abdul Karim Gruzah has launched a scathing attack on Asante Kotoko's supporters union over misplaced priorities, urging them to focus on paying dues amid a growing tension regarding a sponsorship deal from an alcoholic firm.

The outspoken evergreen football administrator insists the cub's supporters wing have no business to dabble in securing sponsorship for the club and should channel their energies in the payment of dues.

“This should not bring any fight in the club, If the management says they don’t like it , they should accept it, Supporters must be paying dues to the club, not using the name of the club to get a Sponsorship, what will supporters do with the money,” Gruzah is quoted by Kumasi-based Adehye FM.

“Where in the world have you seen supporters going for Sponsorship? When you go to Europe , Supporters pay for their tickets and follow the club everywhere.”

He adds: “Kotoko supporters should not bring their selfish interest and force the management to do what they say, I’m surprised with their actions, but I’m not supporting Kotoko so I don’t care.”

Kotoko Executive Chairman Dr Kwame Kyei threatened to resign after a nasty clash with the club's supporters' chief over a dispute regarding a sponsorship deal from an alcoholic beverage firm Happyman Bitters.

Dr Kyei wants the club's supporters chairman Kwaku Amponsah, nicknamed 'K5' sacked for usurping his powers to accept a commercial partnership with a company in the alcohol industry.

The National Circles National Circles Council (NCC) have signed a bumper sponsorship deal with indigenous alcoholic beverage firm Happyman Bitters - a move which has infuriated the club's top hierarchy.

The club's top hierachy has disassociated itself from a sponsorship deal with the alcoholic beverage firm. 

Sources say the alcoholic firm turned to the supporters wing after the club's chairman Dr Kwame Kyei rejected their offer to sponsor the club.

The club's top officials and Executives of the National Circles Council are at a loggerhead amid threat of resignation by Dr Kyei if the deal is not abrogated.

A meeting to resolve the impasse turned nasty after Dr Kwame Kyei clashed with the NCC's top hierarchy.