Chief Executive Officer of Asante Kotoko Sporting Club, Nana Yaw Amponsah unveiled an eight-member management team he named last Friday after approval from the board.
The newly constituted management team to steer the affairs of the club includes former deputy General Secretary of the GFA, Emmanuel Dasoberi who will be serving as Administrative and Operations Manager and Eric Twum being the new Commercial Manager.
The Finance Manager role is being handled by Thomas Sevordzi with renowned TV host Dentaa Amoateng MBE handling the Diaspora and International relations of the club.
David Obeng Nyarko is the special assistant to the CEO with oversight responsibility on brands and marketing with Akua Pokuaa Kwarteng heading the legal department domestically. All these members were present with the exception of UK-based Brazillian lawyer Nilo Effori who will internationally be the legal affairs head for the Porcupines.
The entire Kotoko family welcomed the new management in a short ceremony with some old executives of the club advising the new executives on how they can execute their respective tasks with less difficulty.
Databank Group CEO Kojo Addae-Mensah was the first to send his congratulatory message across but had emphasis on harmony and separation of powers.
“This is a very solid well-thought management team put together by Nana Yaw Amponsah to make the club flourish. The most important job is with the Communications Director who has to distinguish between his personal views and the position of the club. The flow of information is very important and the medium of communication too must have a critical focus as a lot of pressure will come from social media.
My only advice is that the board will have minimal interference in the duties of the management and only serve as a supervisory body that will give advice after reports are submitted to them. I only ask for unity and transparency because Kotoko has many stakeholders and the fans will always want to be aware of happenings within to share their thoughts,” he advised the new management team on Nhyira 104.5 FM.
The next among the lots was former CEO of Asante Kotoko Jarvis Peprah who is optimistic this management will succeed.
“If this management cannot help to transform Asante Kotoko to the level where Otumfuo Osei Tutu II and fans want, then Kotoko will struggle for many years to reach a desirable position. All these are grandchildren of His Royal Majesty so we must give them the support. Management and Board must desist from hearsay as well as circles leadership,players must not act on hearsay. We have respect for divergent opinions and must not harbor ill thoughts and this is the only way Kotoko will thrive in glory,” Jarvis informed.
Former Public Relations Officer of the club Haruna Mohammed stressed on the role of the Communications manager Moses Antwi Benefo (PJ Mosey). Haruna who worked under the Herbert Mensah administration from 1999 to 2003 trusts the competence of all the management members to succeed. He however highlighted some pointers to the new hierarchy.
“The communication outfit must be well equipped. Dissemination of information is very important and as a communications manager any information from the club to the public must go through you. I want Nana Yaw Amponsah to empower you with all the communication. Be patient, tolerant and coordination and draw the support of the media.
“The board must ensure they provide enough finances to the management to execute their task because without proper funding, nothing will be achieved. The management must also pay more attention to youth development sector which helped Kotoko in the past and make use of the Senior High Schools as hunting grounds for talent in the schools so that when tey are in school, they will be playing for the club as Kotoko cannot establish an academy immediately like WAFA. This can help to replace want away senior players,” Haruna advised.
Former General manager, Nana Akwasi Gyambibi who was part of the immediate past management also gave assurance of the support of the Kotoko family for such a daunting task.
“Kumasi Asante Kotoko has all the support from her stakeholders and supporters to make it easier for the new management. The supporters must stay calm and welcome the project of the management. They must not be in a hurry for instant results but with the best of support, we (Kotoko) can achieve success,” Gyambibi prayed the fans.
As the supporters have been deemed the most critical part of the new project, Chairman of the National Circles Council Christopher Damenya assured the support of the supporters group.
“I have seen the new management team and all the individuals are capable of the roles assigned. What is important is to push towards the focus of the club with love and clean hearts,” he told Nhyira Power Sports.
Speaking at the unveiling ceremony Nana Yaw Amponsah revealed most of the new management members made huge sacrifices including 80% pay cuts to serve.
The new management will officially begin their duties on Wednesday.
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