Former Kotoko midfielder Hamza Mohammed explains cause of club’s woes

Former Asante Kotoko midfielder Hamza Mohammed believes the club has failed to hit higher heights over the years due to ‘managerial lapses’.

The former Ghana international claims handlers of Kotoko have always placed their personal interest above that of the club, hence their inability to meet expectations of the followers.

Asante Kotoko asserted their dominance on the continent righr from the 1960’s to the 90’s. They won the Africa Cup of Champions twice in 1970 and 1983 while also losing the final 5 times along this stretch.

This led the IFFHS to crown Kotoko the Africa Club of the Century. The club has however failed to emulate their old glory days in recent times, with a CAF Confederation Cup final and a Cup Winners Cup final to boast of in the last 20 years.

Hamza Mohammed has been explaining why Kotoko have been pale shadows of themselves.

“Kotoko is a big club, but it looks like day in day out, the problems keep mounting. It is very disturbing” he told Kessben Sports.

“Managerial lapses is causing this, if they can put aside their personal interest and work in the interest of the club, by now Kotoko would have been better” he concluded.

Hamza Mohammed narrated an experience he had with a Kotoko supporter who he failed to name prior to the club’s 2002 CAF Cup Winners Cup final with WAC of Morocco.

The 39 year old revealed that he was bluntly told by the fan that they would lose, which eventually happened.

He recounted that, the individual opposed the then administration headed by Herbert Mensah, and later became a management member under the next leadership.

He revealed that unless management members serve the collective good of the club, the struggles will persist.

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