Sometimes I feel we are our own enemies at Asante Kotoko. We have no greater enemy than ourselves. By our actions or inactions, often triggered by avoidable things, we push Kotoko to unnecessary ends, which render efforts at making the club successful very difficult, only for us to strangely turn around and point accusing fingers at easy targets like our players and coaches.
A lot more things go into becoming a successful football club than we usually assume and I have examples to buttress my point about the needless distractions at Kotoko. One that comes to mind quickly and which, I also find relevant for this write-up, is the bribery saga that has raged this week; which to all intents and purposes, could derail the team’s focus in the Normalisation Special Cup.
I wish not for that. However, if the players and the coach were for instance, not insulated from the careless remarks made against them this week, we risk hurting ourselves eventually. Until Thursday, Coach Akonnor and his team had been working, in fact, even struggling to rediscover the fine form with which they started the Special Cup.
Monitoring media discussions from my base (earlier in Budapest and now in Dubai), the talk around Kotoko was on how the team would improve its performance and upstage Medeama this Sunday at home. Naturally, our attention should have been on Medeama and the outcome of our game, which must be a win, so we can look forward to Aduana Stars and eventually, qualify to the semi-final of the Special Cup.
But here we have been in the crucial days leading to our penultimate game, creating ‘problems’ for the team over bribery issues not just involving a ‘famous fan’ but most painfully, the good name of the club.
I’m not suggesting that Medeama will beat Kotoko on Sunday but in the unlikely event of Kotoko not winning, we would partly have ourselves to blame for causing avoidable distractions in camp, because, anyway we look at the bribery issue, it would have some adverse effect on the psyche of the players.
We have to note this: As fans, Management, players or coaches, we must be wary of the things we do with or in Kotoko’s name, in order not to soil the good image of the club. Anything untoward we do, regardless of our position at the club, has the tendency to ruin every good effort we make as a club.
The bribery allegation may have upset the players and Coach Akonnor but they may not say it. I even believe they must have found it outrageous. Whatever it is, my hope is that, by now, Coach Akonnor would have motivated the players well to neutralise any distress feeling over the annoying allegation.