Former Asante Kotoko management member Edmund Ackah says Executive chairman Kwame Kyei should be solely held responsible for the club’s financial predicament.
The Porcupine Warriors have been slapped with a hefty fine of $240,000 by FIFA to be paid to Esperance for the illegitimate signing of Emmanuel Clottey in 2015.
This adds up to the payment of $47,000 a combined fee of fines for the wrongful dismissal of former coaches C.K. Akonnor and Kjetil Zachariassen.
Speaking in an interview with Kumasi based radio station Oyerepa FM, Edmund Ackah who recently resigned from the club believes Dr. Kwame Kyei is solely responsible for the bad leadership at the club and the club’s financial predicament.
“If Dr. Kwame Kyei had listened to management members on the Clottey issues, Kotoko wouldn’t be paying this huge amount”
“Am not in management but I trust the rest there can do the job. They are more than capable but if only he ( Kwame Kyei) will listen.
“In August 2019, Esperance wrote to Kotoko giving us their account details to pay them $30,000 because we owe them $180,000 and they also owe us $150,000 but the chairman said he will not pay because he didn’t sign Emmanuel Clottey.
“Nobody is causing financial loss to Kotoko or Dr Kwame Kyei but the Executive Chairman him self(Dr. Kwame Kyei)
“He single-handedly contacted Zachariassen, lodged him at a hotel at East Legon before handing him over to George Amoako and Nana Kwame Dankwah.
“Even on CK Akonnor’s issue, he insulted us(management) when he sought our opinion,after agreeing with CK to pay him off at GHc 50,000. Dr Kwame Kyei said he will only pay GHc20,000 and now Kotoko have to pay over a billion, whose fault is it.
“You mention laws of the game on issues to him, then he start spewing that there’s no need for the laws
“Nobody should blame anybody for the Financial losses ,he’s the problem not anybody”, he concluded.
The Porcupine Warriors have until May 10 to settle the $240,000 fine. Failure to do so will see the club demoted to Division One.