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Kotoko impeding tour of Sunderland in danger as turmoil in club grows

Published on: 24 July 2013
Kotoko impeding tour of Sunderland in danger as turmoil in club grows
Kotoko and Sunderland

The 24-hour unfolding turmoil in Kumasi Asante Kotoko could affect the club's youth side's impending tour of England to play Sunderland as necessary preparations have stalled because of the impasse.

Kotoko's juvenile side were scheduled to play their Sunderland counterparts in a friendly fixed for the United Kingdom in August.

The game, an initiative of Sunderland, seeks to solidify the partnership between the two sides, which was brokered a few years ago.

But departure of KK Sarpong and the uncertainty surrounding who is to takeover the club has left the players in limbo.

Visa acquisition and other preparation have also been held up as fans are asking for an interim management to be put in place to sort it out.

During their stay in the UK, Kotoko would have the opportunity to play against Scottish Premier side Motherwell FC in a game put together by Divine Sports Management Limited, headed by Charlie Baffour, a FIFA Licensed/Registered agent.

'Sunderland Youth Academy Director Mr Gordon Chisholm, myself and Kotoko's Executive Chairman Dr. K.K. Sarpong and other top management members have discussed in detail the benefits the two sides stand to gain, hence this exercise,' Mr Baffour told DAILY GUIDE SPORTS said last earlier this month.

'My outfit has also succeeded in talking with a club in Holland (Vitesse Arnhem FC), Anderlecht in Belgium and possibly PSV FC who have confirmed that they are willing to host Kotoko after the UK games.

'Kotoko, like the top flight clubs, have expressed delight in the forthcoming games, and I see it as a big platform for Kotoko's youth to market the team,'   Baffour added.

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