The head coach of the Asante Kotoko Sporting Club, Prosper Narteh Ogum has expressed his immense gratitude to supporters for showing up in their numbers for the Club’s season opener at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi.
The turnout by supporters at the match venue during the Porcupine’s encounter with Accra Lions on Sunday was massive compared to the past season.
It comes following a series of interventions and modalities put in place by the life Patron of the Club, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
The King of the Asante Kingdom following the dissolution of the Board of the Club in July held a series of meetings with the leadership of the Club’s supporters and past players of the Club and instituted an Interim Management Committee (IMC) to run the affairs of the Club instead of a Board.
He also recalled Coach Ogum to manage the team and cleared outstanding debts of the Club, among other interventions.
These initiatives seem to have boosted the confidence of supporters which appeared drained under the past administration.
In a video, Coach Ogum described the turnout as “amazing and beyond imagination” in a video he posted on his official X account with the caption, “On behalf of the players, technical and medical team I want to express our sincere gratitude to the Fabulous Family for their great support in our first league match. Indeed we are grateful.”
“I would like to use this opportunity to thank all supporters who came today to support us. It was amazing from the blast of the whistle till the end. You sang, you clapped, you supported us even in difficult moments of the league game,” he said in the video.
He further promised to work with the players to deliver to supporters the needed result.
Also amazed and delighted by the turnout was the Chairman of the National Circles Council (NCC), Christopher Damenya who attributed it to the reviews by the King.
“I also thank Kotoko supporters for coming to support the team. This is what we all wish.”
The Ghana Premier League in the last season saw a drastic reduction in match attendance by supporters across all games. Whereas a section of sports lovers thought the menace was due to the e-ticketing, others blamed Clubs.
The game between the Accra Lions and their hosts ended in a goalless draw.