I thank Almighty God for bringing me this far. I am grateful to His Royal Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II and the entire Ashanti
Kingdom for the great honour done me.
I am equally grateful to the Board for the confidence reposed in me and the great working relations so far.
I also thank the fans for their immense support thus far. The research data available to me shows that 99.6% are in support
of my appointment as CEO and approve of my management and our work so far. I appreciate the Sports Media for their constant
reportage on our activities and entreat them to remain fair in their assessments always.
I dare say that, the great Asante Kotoko, is bigger than any institution in Ghana. It transcends political and
geographical boundaries. Kotoko is a culture.
The joy this great club brings to its teeming supporters cannot be matched by any other institution.
I therefore plead with the fans to give us maximum support and we will make Kotoko great again.
I have had the benefit to travel far and wide, I have engaged more than 100 football clubs globally, and not many come close to Asante Kotoko in size.
It is time to roar for the world to know that there is a great Kingdom and it has a great football club.
We will use this noble club to promote the rich culture and history of the great Ashanti Kingdom.
We will create jobs for the youth of Ashanti in particular and Ghana as a whole using Kotoko. Asante Kotoko has a huge potential to create the enabling environment for businesses to thrive.
Key to our new approach will be youth development so that we can create and develop players and football industry professionals who have Asanteman at heart and possess the passion to see this great Kingdom flourish. We cannot afford to fail.
The foundation upon which the club was built.
The foundation of Kotoko, which can be described as Ghana’s best football club in terms of
abroad was laid by 13 young men led by a young driver, Kwasi Kuma ably assisted by his close
friend Lawrence Yaw Asamoah, an electrician.
Kwasi Kuma from Nyankyerase near Kwadaso, a Kumasi suburb, was a driver in the colonial
days to a Col.Ross an English Army officer in the Gold Coast Army. In early 1924 Kwasi had
watched an exciting football match in Accra and Accra Standfast and Accra Hearts of Oak and
was really thrilled. He developed so much interest in football that he nursed an ambition to form
a club of his own in the future. Hearts won the said match 2-1 and Sir Gordon Guggisberg,
Governor of the Gold Coast presented a set jerseys to Hearts for their good performance.
When Col. Ross returned to Britain for good towards the end of 1924, Kuma also had to return
home to Kumasi where he decided to pursue his ambition of forming a club of his own. Indeed
he had bought a set of jerseys from Accra for the purpose. With co-operation of his close friend,
Lawrence Yaw Asamoah ,he formed Kumasi Rainbow towards the end of the year 1924.
Two years later, the name was changed to Ashanti United after leaders had succeeded in
recruiting a number of young promising students from ECM (Anglican) and AME Zion and
Government School all in Kumasi. The two gentlemen try to promote the game in the Ashanti
region and within five years Ashanti Region could boast of strong teams like Evertons,Royals,
Never Miss,Europeans, Primrose and Highlanders.
In 1931,it was decided once more to change the name of Ashanti United to Kumasi Titanics.
This was the time the club had been really handicapped because most of their players in
government department like the Prisons and railways had gone on transfer from Kumasi.
The story goes that Titanics did not find enough luck in their new name and in 1934 they
adopted a more powerful name-Mighty Atoms. Still the club did not see enough progress and in
1935 Mr.James Frimpong,popularly called Teacher Frimpong, a teacher at the Kumasi
Government School,now Asem Boys School,organized some young energetic boys from his
school and suggested a change of name from Atoms to Asante Kotoko. This was after he
obtained permission from the Asantehene Nana Sir Osei Agyeman Prempeh II.
The Club was officially inaugurated on August 31,1935 before a great assembly of chiefs and
people from all walks of life. The Asantehene was represented by the Atipinhene of Kumasi,
Nana Boakye Yamoa.
The Asantehene and the Atipinhene were elected patrons and the first elected officers were
James Darkwa-President, John Darkwa-Treasurer,John Osei-secretary, Kwame Frimpong and