Kumasi Asante Kotoko to start youth team recruitment this month - Nana Yaw Amponsah

Kumasi Asante Kotoko to start youth team recruitment this month – Nana Yaw Amponsah

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Nana Yaw Amponsah has stated that the Asante Kotoko youth team will begin training this month (January 2022). Kumasi Asante Kotoko to start youth team recruitment this month – Nana Yaw Amponsah.

Asante Kotoko owner Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has entrusted the Board of Directors with forming a youth squad and a women’s team before their three-year mandate expires, in an attempt to influence the direction and adopt a new model.

According to Nana Yaw Amponsah, the young team is the most important part of any football team in the world, and they plan to start it this month.

“Gazale and David went to Southampton to get the DNA we want to use so we have to start the recruitment. We wanted to start last December but we paused but there were many activities. You know Kotoko fans, whatever you’d do, the first team results matter to them than anything, if that doesn’t go well, no matter what you do, no one will appreciate so we had to halt certain thing but we will begin with the recruitment this month,” he said in an interview with USA-based Kotoko Focus TV.

“We have the youth team at heart because look at Oppong, Agyapong today, Clinton Opoku, you could see that the youth can play and play well so imagine these boys had been around the Kotoko ranks for three years or two years and have had a feel of the Kotoko spirit, the demands of the fans and they are accustom to, it will be easier for them to play so all the talents we will get across the country and elsewhere [for the senior team], we will try and bring them into the youth team for them to have a feel [of Kotoko culture], then acclimatize before we can promote them”

“Also, we want to transfer more youth team players to sustain the first team because an academy like Right to Dream Academy can transfer a player for 2 million dollars, how much more Kotoko academy?, he quizzed. We have a bigger name than them so it’s part of our plans but all balls down to finances so I am appealing to the fans to help us achieve our aim,” he ended.

Nana Yaw Amponsah and his management team, who have a three-year mandate with one year already completed, think that set the pace with the youth and women’s teams will make Kotoko the first elite team in Ghana to implement such a strategy.

Francis Akwaffo, Gabriel Opoku Ware, Eric Nii Baah, and Tony Yeboah are among the players that have come through the Asante Kotoko junior system.

By Athleticshour

Sekyere Richard has had a 10-year involvement in the sport of athletics. He holds a Diploma in Physical Fitness. Sekyere has experienced the sport as a middle/distance athlete, coach, and now journalist and blogger. Sekyere has published several articles on athletics from Ghanaian Athletics to World Athletics. He currently owns and manages the content and marketing development of Athletics Hour. "I am passionate about sports, love writing and interviewing, traveling, and meeting new athletes and coaches. I like to expose the hidden talents in the youth and I am always in search of talents across Ghana". I have volunteered in one of the biggest ultra-marathons in the world "The Elton Ultra Marathon in Russia. Covered many races in Ghana including ECOWAS CAA Region II Championship and multiple roads and track races in Ghana. In 2021, he launched the "Better Ghana Athletics Agenda", which will help support organisers, athletes and coaches in all directions.

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