Happy 83rd Anniversary to Kumasi Asante Kotoko Fc.

ASANTE KOTOKO SPORTING CLUB:

There is an adage that says, “we learn from history that we do not learn anything from history.” This is exactly the predicament of our dearest Africa Club of the century, Kumasi Asante Kotoko S.C.

Many have sacrificed for this great club. The story of this club proves to me that truly, Kumasi Asante Kotoko S.C. is a great club.

When the intention to put down this Article came to mind, I asked myself; don’t I stand the risk of getting blown apart by incendiary force of combined misinformation, misrepresentation and misconception that appears to dominate the airwaves nowadays?

For me though, this fear only helps to underscore the need to put down this Article, to bring to fore the many issues the club faces and to help Kumasi Asante Kotoko S.C. look itself in the mirror, confronts its demons and hopefully begin to ponder on a pathway out of the state we find ourselves today.

When Kumasi Asante Kotoko S.C. was officially inaugurated on August 31, 1935, before a great assembly of Chiefs and people from all walks of life, then Atipinhene, Nana Boakye Yamoa who represented the Asantehene had these few words to say; “ Manhyia is solidly behind you. The long awaited day has come in the formation of this Asante Kotoko football club. That it may succeed will be our constant and earnest prayer and desire.”

Indeed, the Asantehene continues to give the club backing being the Life Patron of the club. I will commend the Asantehene, His Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, for his non – interference role he continues to play in the administration of Kumasi Asante Kotoko S.C.

The call to duty to serve Kumasi Asante Kotoko S.C. is the call to share in the dreams and aspirations of Asanteman.

Kumasi Asante Kotoko S.C. gave Ghana her first taste of an Africa cup. But being the pioneers have not guaranteed gold medals at the modern Africa Champions League. Facing up the challenges of sound policies, resilient support base, that is the name of the game, the type of energy we exuded in 1970 and 1983 when we won our first and second Africa cups respectively.

From then till now, we have been consumed by one demon; ‘self-destruction.’ We have so allowed ‘self-destruction’ to invade our lives, influence our thoughts that nothing else seems to matter to us but our selfish gains. We have continuously nursed this monster into a canker which continues to torment us and dwindle our successes.

Steve Jobs, one time Chief Executive Officer of Apple said, “If you live each day as if it was your last, some day, you will most certainly be right. If today was the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am to do today?” If today should be the last day of my life, I would love to see the Asante Kotoko we saw in the 1970s and the 1980s.

We must all rally behind our motto, ‘wokum apem a, apem b3ba.’ This is the spirit that gave birth to Asanteman and consequently Asante Kotoko football club. We were born out of a tradition of warriors and brave men who dared to tread on grounds that mortals feared to venture. Gone are the days when battles were won on the battlefields. Today, wars are being fought and won on football pitches.

Strengthening administrative structures and making modifications to ensure effective delivery and mobilizing supporters and increasing match attendance should be our main aim and objective.

Together we stand, divided we fall; this should be the new mantra.

Long live the Asantehene, Long live Asanteman, Long live Asante Kotoko and Long live Ghana!!!!

    By : Kwame Aboagye – Mensah

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