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Ghana's No. 1

Kotoko chief sends rallying call to fans

Published on: 01 April 2012

By Ameenu Shardow

Dr. K.K Sarpong is counting on every member of Asante Kotoko in helping save the club from it's current predicament.

The Kumasi-based club have been hit with with a 30-day ultimatum to pay whooping 99,000 Euros to former coach Hans Dieter Schmidt for his wrongful dismissal in 2005.

The club is also to pay $6,500 in refunds to Turkish side Gencelrbirligi following the transfer of Adamu Mohammed back in 2008.

Kotoko in both instances incurred an extra combined cost of 12,000 Swiss Francs in legal charges.

Failure to meet the deadline set by Fifa within the stipulated time could lead to their relegation from the Ghanaian topflight.

This comes at a time the club is riding high and is on the verge of sealing the Ghanaian league title.

This has led to a massive campaign to raise funds to offset the huge debt incurred and the Executive Chairman is counting on everyone to make their contribution in saving the club.

“Our attention now is not about blame games, it’s about fixing these setbacks and then we take it from there,” Dr. Sarpong said at an organized press conference after Sunday’s draw with New Edubiase.

“The fans must now that it will not take only me or my board to solve every Kotoko problem, all fans around the world must come on board.”

Dr. Sarpong went on to assure that steps are being taken to ensure such occurrences does not emerge in future.

“When we wanted to terminate the contract of Korack (immediate past coach) we went about it professionally and administratively.

“So after we settle the issue we will ensure and set parameters for proper plans to be put in place to avert future occurrences of such nature.”

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