Former Kumasi Asante Kotoko defender, Frimpong Manso, has bemoaned the lack of respect accorded ex-players of the club by successive management teams.
In recent times, some ex-players of the Club have openly expressed misgivings at the treatment meted out to them by administrators.
The former Asante Kotoko players complain of lack of cooperation, respect and partnership in trying to resolve the many problems affecting the development and progress of the club.
Speaking exclusively to Luv Sports from his base in Kumasi, Frimpong Manso who lives just three minutes-drive from the Asante Kotoko Adako Jachie training grounds says he hardly passes by to watch his former team train because he feels unwanted.
“Once a while I go there to see what is going on especially when they started with this infrastructural thing. I was going there just to see the progress of work and I hope they will be able to finish and then at least give a little bit of respect to the Club which was once continental club champions. But I don’t go to watch their training because of personal reasons,” he said.
Frimpong Manso, who was briefly in charge of the team in 2017 as Head Coach, feels management should tap into the experience of old players for the growth of the Club.
“If you are not given that recognition you cannot force yourself unto the team. We have a lot of ex-players who feel very bad about the situation. They feel the Club has not been fair to them; for some, even if they want to go to the stadium it is a problem because they will be heckled here and there and it’s so bad.
“You are not consulted on anything, nothing at all. So, for me, I think they need to address that problem. It is a serious problem that needs to be looked at immediately,” said the former Kotoko defender.
The former Ghana stalwart defender is however optimistic of a better relationship in the future due to some consultations that have started.
“Now we have a well-organised association for ex-Kotoko players both abroad and those of us here and we’ve been discussing a lot about these things. We are trying to see if we can meet with the management and then iron out some of these problems and maybe most of us can have a second opinion,” he said.
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