Every department of a football club plays an important role to its success story either in a tournament or a league season. Some departments we can discuss include the technical, medical, managerial and even groundsmen who take care of the pitches. Security, media to the kitsmen are equally personnel that play important roles in a club’s success story. Therefore a football club needs all the people necessary to complete a task at the end of a tournament or league season.
This piece however will focus on the technical aspect, specifically the physical trainers job for a football club. The attention will be on one of the biggest clubs in Ghana, Asante Kotoko. The Porcupine Warriors placed second in the just ended 2020/21 Ghana Premier League. They finished behind arch rivals, Accra Hearts of Oak. Kotoko gathered 57 points to finish second against Hearts of Oak’s 61 at the end of the league season. Asante Kotoko did not finish on a good note after raking home just a few points in their last five games. Kotoko, which were tipped to win the league before the start of the season, faltered and gave the title to Hearts of Oak. The Porcupine Warriors stumbled in their quest to claim the title after losing to Hearts of Oak 1-0 at the Accra Sports Stadium in match day 31. Ever since that defeat, subsequent games did not go as expected for Kotoko.
Kotoko picked just one point from their last three matches after falling to Hearts of Oak. Their week 32 game against King Faisal ended 1-1 at the Len Clay Stadium before losing 2-1 to Bechem United in their penultimate game, which eventually handed the league title to rivals, Hearts of Oak after the Phobians drew 1-1 with relegated Liberty Professionals. Kotoko ended the season after losing 1-0 in their last game to Elmina Sharks.
During former coach, Maxwell Konadu’s tenure as head coach, the nine times Ghana FA Cup holders employed the service of a Ghanaian physical trainer to help augment the technical department. The record Ghana Premier League holders brought on board Leonard Akoto to strengthen the technical team and in effect build the playing body’s fitness level. Akoto, who owns the Burnit Fitness Ghana, executed his task to the utmost. His finger print showed anytime the Kotoko players engaged in a game. Their fitness level was extremely high with many followers of the club expressing confidence in the work of the former footballer and athlete.
Akoto’s stay at Kotoko was however short lived when his service was dispensed with by the Porcupine Warriors. This was a few months after Maxwell Konadu’s service was equally done away with by Kotoko. Many have said that, the departure of Leonard Akoto has cost the playing body who mostly showed weakness in games afterwards.
Akoto has now made a revelation which is very disturbing during his time at Kotoko. According to the Volta Region of Ghana native, he lost a huge sum of money after joining Kotoko. He claims to have used his money during the course of his work at Kotoko and has not been reimbursed by the club.The revelation is captured in the first picture.
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