Kumasi Asante Kotoko have been under the spotlight in recent weeks and not necessarily for the right reasons.
Having recently been knocked out of both the CAF Champions League and the CAF Confederations Cup in the space of just over a month, the club has struggled to appease its largely disgruntled fans.
The unexpected replacement of CK Akunnor with Kjetil Zachariassen as coach was hard for some of the club’s supporters to get behind, although one they tolerated.
The current situation of coach Zachariassen, with the club initially stating that there were unable to guarantee his safety in Ghana after the club’s CAFCC exit in the Ivory Coast, and their inability to fire him despite widespread criticism of his tactical ability, has angered the fans even further.
While most clubs would look to stay away from the spotlight, it appears that Kotoko have fanned the flames even more.
A tweet by the club meant to celebrate their Chairman, Dr Kwame Kyei, who was appointed three years ago today, also inexplicably asked the fans to rate his performance.
Of course, given they were already peeved by the club’s recent performances, most of the fans could not wait to vent and obliged, mostly rating him from as low as zero to five.
Other comments were less straightforward and contained much harsher criticism for the Kotoko Chairman and the club as a whole.
While a few comments were positive, the club realised its faux-pas and deleted the tweet.
‘Unsocial media’ club
Kotoko’s social media activities have been the subject of fan backlash in recent months.
In July, the club was slammed for sending out a number of, according to many of their fans, half-hearted tweets announcing club signings, exits and other announcements.
While the tweet was brief and did not offer much information other than the fact that the player was leaving Kumasi “for Accra en route to Abidjan,” it was the picture which accompanied the post that irked fans the most, with one asking if the club’s social media manager worked for free.
One of the most infamous tweets to come from the club in recent times announced the club’s impending signing of three players; Justice Blay, Kelvin Andoh and Kwame Baah.
The picture went viral after it was first tweeted on July 4 by the club leaving Kotoko fans especially disappointed and even opposition fans shocked.
Asante Kotoko SC
Justice Blay, Kelvin Andoh and Kwame Baah complete #AKSC medical. Announcement of their signings soon!
It hasn’t been all bad for Kotoko as at least the consistent updates keep fans in the loop, with many of them appreciating the engagement.