Kumasi Asante Kotoko FC has set a good example for other Ghanaian Clubs to follow. During the pre-season, they embarked on training tours in Sudan and Germany. Embarking on such training tours injects professionalism into a club. It also boost the morale of players and exposes them to the more advanced way of playing soccer. If the other league clubs follow this step, Ghana''s premier league will rank amongst the best in the world.
Although Asante Kotoko made these two trips with 41 players, only 21 were maintained. Meaning 20 players were not selected to don the red jersey in the upcoming season. I think this is a bad habit. How can you embark on such important training tours with the aim of testing players? What they should have done was to select their players for the upcoming season before embarking on these trips. As it stands now, as many as 20 players have come to cause financial loss to the club. They have enjoyed what they shouldnt have for free.
Lets do some maths, Kotoko registered 36 players for the upcoming league. When 21 is taken out of 36, we get 15. Meaning 15 players in the current team didnt have the great opportunity of embarking on such morale-boosting trips. Their abscence from such trips has already taken something special away from them. Some players might feel cheated and inferior.
So, Asante Kotoko has done well in embarking upon training tours outside Ghana, but they should have done that with the players they were prepared to work with and not players who were on trials. This is unprofessional and bad.
Knowing very well that they had contractural disagreements with some players, they should have solved it early enough. Kotoko is the biggest club in Ghana, but they are not setting good examples for other clubs to follow.
It is my hope that such an error will never be repeated. The management members and technical team must work harder to run the club professionally for others to follow.