Osei Kuffour replaces Nti as Kotoko CEO?

Otumfuo Osei Tutu II receives Osei Kuffuor at the Manhyia Palace

Otumfuo Osei Tutu II receives Osei Kuffuor at the Manhyia Palace

EX-GHANAIAN international, Samuel Osei Kuffour is reported to have been given the mandate to run the affairs of Kumasi Asante Kotoko after meeting the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II last Saturday at the Manhyia Palace.

The Bayern Munich legend was the frontrunner to take over the role of steering the affairs of the club and met the owner of the club to discuss a roadmap for the revival of the club.

He takes over from Opoku Nti, who was the CEO and recently won a seat on the Executive Committee of the GFA but he may yet have a role in the club.

A source at Manhyia revealed that details of the meeting have been kept secret but it is believed Kuffuor’s desire to inject professionalism with the help of his foreign partners looks to have worked in his favour.

The former Bayern Munich defender has been fingered as one of the key members of a ‘rebel’ group led by Dr Kweku Frimpong of Champion Divine Clinic fame to take over the club.

Already, Dr Frimpong has employed the services of a Danish scout, Thomas Moller Nielson, as the club’s new Technical Director.

The Technical Director left Kumasi days after Kotoko lost the Otumfuo Annual Challenge Cup to regional rivals, AshantiGold, in Kumasi recently.

Kuffour takes over from Samuel Opoku Nti as the new CEO, Dr. Frimpong as the chairman of the board and former Real Tamale United coach, Mohammed Gargo, as an assistant coach.

But while the lobbying at Manhyia intensified, the CEO, Opoku Nti, and his team worked hard to revamp the club ahead of the 2015/2016 league season.

The club is reported to have pencilled down at least six new players to beef up the current squad of 18 players after seven were put on transfer or released on loan.

However, the current management is insisting as at last Saturday that they are officially unaware of the appointment of Samuel Osei Kuffour as the new Executive Chairman of the club.

“Well, management and the board have not been officially informed of this,” the club’s Public Relations Officer Kwaku Ahenkorah told disclosed.

“We are also hearing reports as I am not able to confirm or otherwise.

“I guess we have to wait until some form of official communication is made to this effect.”

Reports of the imminent administrative changes at Kotoko have dominated the sporting news since the end of the Premier League.

The club is currently in the process of taking stock of the just ended season to prepare themselves to first secure transfer targets before the team resumes training later this month.

This change however, if confirmed, is likely to affect the club’s plans ahead of next season with rumours already rife of an appointment of an expatriate coach.

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