Former President John Agyekum Kufour was clear in his demands when the team visited him at his home in Aburi en route to Dawu for the Dreams FC clash Sunday.
"I am told you are on your way to play Dreams FC. I also learned that you would play a Sudanese club on Wednesday. Beat them to show that you have a superior class and pedigree."
That was not all. The former President, who once led our club as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), told the players they needed to improve to push the club back to its pedigree as one of the best on the continent.
At 84, Ex-President Kufour showed the players that he has not lost touch on what the club needed to do to get back to its glory days as he tabled down the antidotes to our renaissance.
"You, the players, must have self-confidence when on the field. The team must have a collective strategy. That way, the players will play as a team filled with team spirit."
The former sports administrator mentioned Asante Kotoko greats like Abukari Damba and Wilberforce Mfum and told the defenders they must defend gallantly, instructed the midfielders to be brave and the strikers to be clinical.
It was advice from a father and staunch fan, who attested to being hugely let down by our loss to Great Olympics last week, and his call, having come face to face with the players, was simple; "Asante Kotoko have a pedigree which you must work to protect and project."
And , it sunk so well into the minds of the players and the coaches that, the assurances from Captain Felix Annan and Interim Head Coach, Jonhson Smith could not but give assurances, when they took turns to respond to the former President's call.
"We are very grateful to you for your advice," said Felix Annan. "My colleagues and I have taken them in good faith, and we promise to start turning things around from today."
"We cannot thank you enough for the advice you have given us today," said Jonhson Smith. "It has come at a good time because some of the players may not know what people like you have done for this club. We will do as you have said to improve the team."