Ghana Premier League side, Kumasi Asante Kotoko, have announced a partnership with Premier League club, Southampton.
The partnership with the South Coast club has been one of the key projects the CEO of Asante Kotoko, Nana Yaw Amponsah, talked about during his inauguration
Over the course of the partnership, Southampton will support the development of Asante Kotoko’s strategy both on and off the pitch.
Southampton will share their industry-leading coaching expertise to help Asante Kotoko realise their ambition of building a sustainable Academy and pathway to the first team, with year-round remote support supplemented by regular visits to Ghana throughout the partnership from the club’s International Football Partnership team.
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Asante Kotoko is elated to announce a partnership with Southampton FC .
This groundbreaking partnership seeks to plug Kotoko into Southampton and ensure a sustainable development. #AKSC #Ariseletsbuild pic.twitter.com/vskFzOKM8y
— Asante Kotoko SC (@AsanteKotoko_SC) January 19, 2021
The partnership will include Academy staff exchange visits between the UK and Ghana, as well as opportunities for Asante Kotoko’s young players to attend annual UK Player Development camps and experience the Southampton Academy methodology first-hand, when travel corridors open up and it is safe to travel.
Nana Yaw Amponsah says: “This partnership enables us to plug Asante Kotoko into Southampton in such a way that Kotoko functions like Southampton.
“Kotoko would have everything Southampton has but to a level that reflects our different budgets.
“I believe that with the expertise and resources available at Southampton, we can tap into this and develop our setup to look and feel professional like Saints.”
Southampton will also support the development of Asante Kotoko’s commercial and operational strategy through collaborating on key projects.