Team: Asante Kotoko Sporting Club
Founded: 31st August, 1935
Nickname: Porcupine Warriors, Fabulous
Motto: “Kum Apem A, Apem Beba” (Ashanti Twi)
Owner (Life Patron): Otumfuo Osei Tutu II (Asantehene)
Coach: Kjetil Zachariassen
Krobea Kumasi Asante Kotoko, at the turn of the century were named African Club of the 20th Century. The pride of Ashanti land are record 24 time Ghana Premier League champions and are ranked as one of the top two clubs in the country. The team has chalked many successes in Ghana and has one of the largest fan bases in the country. Otumfuo Osei Tutu II happens to be the life patron of the team and the owner and financier of the team.
The team’s motto; “Kum Apem A Apem Beba” is in Ashanti Twi and translates into English as “Kill A Thousand, A Thousand Shall Come.” Fabulous known for their red jerseys are a team to fear on the African continent. The Porcupine which happens to be the totem of the Ashanti Kingdom forms a part of their emblem. The threatening look of the emblem and the motto of the club strikes fear into teams which visit the dreaded Kumasi Sports Stadium, also known as Baba Yara Sports Stadium.
Historically, Kotoko have produced many stars for the various national teams. Active footballers such as, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Harrison Afful, Baba Abdul Rahman and Amos Frimpong have played for the Porcupine Warriors early in their careers. Most fans of the club love to make reference to the past glories and rightly so. Kotoko had some amazing players including; Rev. Osei Kofi, “The King of Wingers” Baba Yara, current Black Stars coach James Akwasi Appian and Maxwell Konadu among others.
With the quality of players in the current team, Kotoko will certainly be in the mix when the GPL resumes, probably later this year. With Kotoko featuring in the CAF Confed Cup, after a failed Champions League run, competition on the local scene is a fundamental requirement if they are to go far in CAF’s second tier competition.
An anticipated closure of the Baba Yara Stadium could force the Porcupine Warriors to find a temporary home ground with the Obuasi Len Clay Stadium, Cape Coast Sports Stadium and Accra Sports Stadium likely to be considered. The most successful club in the GPL’s history will be hoping for more success in the years to come.
Asante Kotoko oseyyy yeeee
Yeeeeee yeeeeeee Asante Kotoko oooo
Wo Kum Apem, A Apem Beba!!!!