Kotoko in talks with coach and players over pay cuts

Asante Kotoko are in talks with coach Maxwell Konadu and their players to consider taking pay cuts, as part of their response to the coronavirus crisis.

This was revealed by the club’s Deputy Accra Representative, Nana Kwame Dankwah, on Saturday’s Joy Sports Link on Joy FM.

If an agreement is reached, Kotoko would become the first club in Ghana to reduce the wages of their players and coaching staff, because of coronavirus pandemic.

Following the outbreak of the virus, there has been a ban on all public gatherings, thereby forcing the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to suspend all football competitions in the country.

The suspension of the competitions has taken a toll on the club’s finances as they are getting absolutely nothing from gate proceeds which is their major source of income.

Nana Kwame Dankwah

“As we speak, because of the [Covid-19] situation, the team is on break. The technical team and the medical team gave a programme to the players. I believe they are following it.

“Apart from that, there is this issue of pay cuts. Management has spoken with the Head Coach [Maxwell Konadu]. He is to discuss it with the playing body and revert to us. At the moment, that is what we are confronted with.

“We are not imposing it on the players. We need to discuss it with them so that there will be [amicable] agreement. We are waiting to hear from them,” Nana Kwame told host, Nathaniel Attoh.

The Ghana Premier League has been suspended since March 16, with Kotoko occupying the fourth position, three points behind leaders, Aduana Stars.