Alhaji Grusah Blasts Kotoko Supporters
King Faisal F/C owner, Alhaji Abdul Karim Grusah, has launched a scathing attack on the Asante Kotoko Supporters Union over a sponsorship deal with an alcoholic manufacturing firm.
The outspoken football administrator insists the cub’s supporters have no business dabbling in securing sponsorship deals for the club, and urged them to channel their energies into the payment of dues.
“This should not bring any fight in the club. If the management says they don’t like it, they should accept it. Supporters must be paying dues to the club, not using the name of the club to get sponsorship. What will they do with the money?” Grusah is quoted by Kumasi-based Adehye FM.
“Where in the world have you seen supporters going for sponsorship? When you go to Europe, supporters pay for their tickets and follow the club everywhere.”
He adds: “Kotoko supporters should not bring their selfish interest to bear by forcing management to do what they (supporters) say. I’m surprised at their actions, but I’m not supporting Kotoko so I don’t care.”
Executive Chairman, Dr. Kwame Kyei recently threatened to resign after a nasty clash with the club’s supporters chief over a dispute regarding a sponsorship package secured with an alcoholic beverage firm, Happyman Bitters, and called for the dismissal of supporters’ chairman, Kwaku Amponsah, aka, ‘K5’ for usurping his (Kyei’s) powers.
The National Circles Council (NCC) have signed a bumper sponsorship deal with Happyman Bitters, but the club’s top hierarchy has disassociated itself from the deal.
Unconfirmed sources say the alcoholic firm only turned to the supporters union after Chairman Kyei turned down their offer to sponsor the club.
Bad blood is still brewing between the two chairmen as a recent meeting held to resolve the impasse turned nasty.