By Edward Gyasi, GNA
Accra, April 20, GNA - Kotoko’s legendary attacker Wilberforce Mfum, has said that players who join Asante Kotoko must have confidence, extra strength as well as skills and technique to be successful at the club.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Mfum 80, said most players find it difficult excelling at the club because they lacked confidence and cannot stand the pressure from the vociferous supporters of the club.
“Kotoko’s newly signed players must understand that almost half of Ghana’s population are supporters of Kumasi Asante Kotoko and obviously the expectations would be high every season, so they need to be brave and have an extra strength to be successful at the club.
“Many players were successful at their previous clubs but failed to excel after joining Kotoko because they lacked the courage to withstand the pressure of being a porcupine.
“An example is Augustine Okrah, he was rejected by Kotoko but he became an icon at Bechem United, it’s not always about talent, players must work hard and be brave in front of the supporters.
“I never thought I could fit into the starting eleven of Kumasi Asante Kotoko when I joined them, because the team was star-studded, there were players like Salisu, Asenso Boakye, SK Awuah, Baba Yara, Fred Akuffo, James Adjei and many others, but because of my passion and determination I easily broke into the team and became successful.
“There is no doubt that the current players of Kotoko have the quality and the technique but that alone can’t make them successful in the red jersey, they must be determined and ready to sacrifice.
“Am happy Frimpong Manso is now helping the team because he is a legend of the club, he understands the tradition of Kumasi Asante Kotoko and I am optimistic that with time, he would bring the team back to winning ways.