Executive Chairman of Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Dr. Kwame Kyei, has threatened to dissolve the technical team and playing body of the club after the Porcupine Warriors were kicked out of the MTN FA Cup by lower division side Asokwa Deportivo.
Kotoko lost 2-1 to their local rivals in Obuasi despite taking the lead. The result effectively ended Kotoko’s chance of defending the title they last won in 2017, a 3-1 victory over Hearts of Oak in Tamale.
In an audio recording leaked from Kyei’s “crisis meeting” with the coaching and playing staff of the club, an audibly infuriated Kwame Kyei was heard telling the players and coaches to walk away and stop embarrassing him if they felt they could not do the job.
“I don’t care dissolving the entire team. I can dissolve the whole team, sack all of you and start afresh. I don’t mind. This club is not a useless club. It is a team with history. This stupid and village attitude is the reason you cannot play in Europe,” Kwame Kyei began his inquest.
“Camarat (owner of Asokwa Deportivo) doesn’t even have 100 cedis to give to his players. He buys porridge and they all share to eat. That’s their only motivation to play.
“You all here are paid so well, more than in any club. Then you allow these small boys to beat you and you call yourselves professionals,” he said.
“I wont’ sit down and let you lose so that someone will come and insult me. I won’t tolerate that.
“Look at the way they booed you (players) after the game; like thieves. And you were happy.
“From the coach to the players; if any of you is not ready to play for Kotoko, you can leave. I will reconstitute the team,” Kwame Kyei said before reportedly storming out of the meeting.
Apart from being out of the MTN FA Cup, Kotoko are also down in 5th position in the league, having lost 3 games so far this season.