Asante Kotoko players have not accepted any pay-cut as indicated earlier by the club’s General Manager Nana Kwasi Gyambibi Coker.

The issue of salary cut has been a major topical issue in the country following the suspension of football by the Ghana Football Association (GFA) following the outbreak of coronavirus.

However, Nana Gyambibi, who doubles as the Special Assistant to Kotoko’s Executive Chairman, Kwame Kyei, in an interview with Kumasi FM today, Monday, April 20 emphatically said head coach Maxwell Konadu had successfully held a dialogue with the playing body to accept a 40% pay-cut as the team faces financial difficulties in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is something we initially discussed at management level. We considered our situation and our financial strength in containing our expenses and measures to help sustain the club during the suspension of the league due to COVID-19 and we considered pay-cut as one of the measures.”

“We called the coach and tasked him to engage the players on our behalf and he has reported back to us they have listened to our plea and have accepted a pay cut. It is a 40% pay-cut and will be implemented soon,’.”

No meeting has been held between Maxwell Konadu and the players regarding a 40% pay-cut.

And as such, the news, which is making waves, comes as a surprise to the players who have not been engaged at any level on such a move by the management.

Last week, captain of the team, Felix Annan, in an interview with Atinka FM indicated they wouldn’t hesitate to dialogue and accept a reasonable plea to spare part of their monthly income in these hard times.

“In life, I have always believed in proper communication and in everything you do communication is very key. So if management engages the playing body in a meeting and we come into consensus, why not. This is not something that should be forced on us.

“The clubs in Europe engaged their players in a meeting and agreed on that pay-cut decision. We all understand the situation but we should all come into terms if what is best for all of us,” Annan added.

Asante Kotoko have, in the last few months, been confronted with numerous financial challenges emanating from home bans in the Ghana Premier League, compensation fines involving coaches CK Akonnor and Kjetil Zachariassen and very recently a $240,000 judgement debt from a transfer dispute over their former striker Emmanuel Clottey.


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