… Opoku Nti and his team could be on way outThe Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, is likely to put in place, this week, a new leadership for Kumasi Asante Kotoko, sources close to the Manhyia Palace have hinted the Times Sports.
Though it is not very clear as to who the new management would be, and which format it would take, sources hinted that the current Opoku Nti-led leadership would make way for a new one.
Speculations of an imminent managerial change became rife after the Porcupines went trophyless last season.
The rumours reached higher heights few weeks back when former Black Stars and Bayern Munchen defender, Samuel Osei Kuffour, announced that the Asantehene was about appointing him as the President of the club.
But, the Times Sports cannot confirm the possibility of the former national central defender landing the top job.
However, there are speculations he has fallen off the pegging as the Manhyia Palace was reportedly not amused with his quick announcement of something which was not yet official.
That, perhaps, opened up the race as several names such as businessmen Osei Kwame ‘Despite’, Kennedy Agyapong, Alhaji Abu Lamini, Sylvester Asare Owusu, Dr. Kwaku Frimpong of Champion Herbal fame and others have since been mentioned as possible candidates.
The whole country was thrown into an expectant mood of a managerial change when the Asantehene called a meeting with the board, management, technical team and playing body three weeks ago.
However, the agenda turned out differently as it was communicated afterwards that the Asantehene rather asked the Board and Management to continue working until he returned from a two-week trip to the United Kingdom.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu, who is the Life Patron and appointing authority of the 23-time Premier League Champions and two-time CAF Champions League winners, gave the Board two weeks and the Management two days to present detailed reports of their stewardships, the current state of the club and their ‘candid’ opinion as to how best the team should be handled going forward.
The reports, as communicated in a press release signed on behalf of the King by his Secretary, Kofi Badu, was to enable the Asantehene know the current status of the club to be able to take an informed decision into the future of the club when he returned from a scheduled trip overseas.
Having returned from the official trip, the Overload of the Asante Kingdom is set to make do the assurance to which sources disclosed could be made this week.
From Kingsley E.