Ex Asante Kotoko chairman Dr. Sarpong
Former Asante Kotoko chairman Dr. K.K Sarpong has resurrected talks of club financing in Ghana by insisting no club is able to sustain itself without selling players ? a policy he was most vilified for during his reign.
The current Kotoko administration have declared the club is broke despite receiving seed money from owner Otumfour Osei Tutu II at the beginning of the season.
The champions are unable to embark on serious operational, infrastructural and logistical development despite boasting numerous sponsorship agreements.
Dr. Sarpong?s era ? most noted for his ?To-Ton? [buy and sell] policy ? where most of the club?s leading players were sold in order to finance club operations was vehemently rejected by numerous football fans in Ghana.
But the chartered accountant insists it is the only way to keep a club in Ghana afloat due to the insignificant quantum of revenue that accrues from other sources.
?I decided not to even comment on issues related to Asante Kotoko but the truth of the matter is that if you don?t sell, I can tell you, you cannot finance the club,?
?This, I will hold steadfast to. No matter what, if you analyze the quantum of income that comes in, there is no way you can finance football in this country.
?And that was the birth of the ?To-Ton? policy. And I believe it is a legacy I have left to the game in this country.
?You might not believe in this but it depends on how you go about it.
?Whatever be the case, you need a bit of it [selling players] but it depends on the way you structure it.?
Dr. Sarpong?s latest pronouncements are likely to resurrect the recurring talks of how Ghanaian clubs can be well funded.
Many have pointed to the area of proper marketing and merchandizing as an area that can be explored by clubs.
These areas are however heavily dependent on the performance of clubs in the various competitions especially in African contests ? where Ghanaian clubs have struggled over the years to make meaningful impacts.