Coaches are hired and fired, like the phrase goes in the sports circles. It is also obvious that Chief Executive Officers, management, footballers are equally hired and fired. The two phrases above are interesting but all the personalities above can equally cross carpet from football club to the other be after contract expiration or termination, transfer acceptance of a good deal. Footballers are the biggest movers and personalities who often cross carpet from one club to the other. Just recently, Argentina great, Lionel Messi moved from Barcelona to join Paris St. Germain and Portugal kingpin, Cristiano Ronaldo also moving from Juventus to make a return to Manchester United. Raphael Varane left Real Madrid for Manchester United with Saul Niguez leaving Atletico Madrid of Spain to join English Premier League side, Chelsea. Some players will however never move from a club they started playing for from infancy no matter how hard you try. They at the club to become legends until the latter part of their career. David Beckham started at Manchester United and played there until the twilight of his career before moving to Real Madrid.
However it is extremely difficult for Chief Executive Officer to make an emphatic statement that he can never be the leader of a particular club judging from how professional one must be. This is the case of Chief Executive Officer of Asante Kotoko, Nana Yaw Amponsah, who has stated clearly that he can never cross carpet to manage rival club, Hearts of Oak in any capacity, not even in the future. Nana Yaw Amponsah was appointed Kotoko’s CEO in August, 2020 to run the affairs of the club for a period of three years. The young lawyer’s administration came in to replace the dissolved George Amoako led leadership which had left the vacuum for three months.
We have seen players change camp between traditional clubs with the likes of Godwin Ablorddey, Hamza Mohammed, Charles Taylor, Ollenu Ashittey just to mention a few coming into mind. However, Nana Yaw Amponsah does not see such a movement, that is moving from Kotoko to Hearts as CEO for him as a possibility and not even in the future. Nana Yaw Amponsah believes the spirit of has overtaken him plus what he has learnt in charge of the club will make it difficult for him to cross carpet and manage rival club, Hearts of Oak some day.
“Before I got the job, I love Kotoko but I have always been a professional to the point that. “Let me tell you [referring to Nana Aba Anamoah] this, if after delivering my mandate at Kotoko and Olympics calls me, fine I won’t go to Hearts of Oak that’s for a fact, never. “The footballers leave Kotoko and go to Hearts of Oak and vice versa but you see Kotoko is such that, the spirit that is imbibed in you and what I have experienced, I don’t it’s possible. “I don’t think it’s possible. They say you never say never but I don’t think it’s possible. It’s not possible.” Nana Yaw Amponsah told Nana Aba Anamoah on StarrChart.
Nana Yaw Amponsah aspired for the Ghana Football Association’s presidential seat but himself, George Afriyie, Fred Pappoe and Madam Amanda Clinton all lost to incumbent, Kurt Okraku in 2019. It was an interesting spectacle as some of the aspirants alleged money sharing on the Election Day as the influence to winning the election. Amponsah prior to picking up the Asante Kotoko Chief Executive job, was the Chairman of the then Division League One club, Phar Rangers FC but resigned from his position ahead of his appointment. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Political Science from the University of Ghana and a Master’s Degree in Sports Law and Practices from the Leicester DE Monort University, UK.
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