The news went wild in the media yesterday indicating the playing body and the technical team of Asante Kotoko have engaged each other in a meeting and have accepted to take a pay cut amid the coronavirus pandemic that has halted football in the country for almost a month now.
With this, captain Felix Annan has indicated categorically clear that nothing like that has happened and is not true that the “Kum Apem” lads have agreed to take a pay cut. He voiced this out in an interview with Accra base Atinka FM.
Many had to confirmed this report because head coach Maxwell Konadu earlier yesterday was spotted in a video interview on the Kotoko Express App stating he’s spoken with his charges and they have all agreed to that.
The former WAFA goalie has admitted the world isn’t in normal times since things hasn’t being the same due to the coronavirus outbreak. So with this, they (the players) taking pay cuts won’t be anything new since most clubs in Europe are doing that after coming to a consensus with their players. But he landed by saying there hasn’t being any such meeting with the players to discuss on that. He said;
“In life, I’ve always believed in proper communication, and in everything you do communication is very key so if management engage the playing body in a meeting and we come into consensus, why not?
“This is not something that should be forced on us. The clubs in Europe engaged their players in a meeting and agreed on that pay cut decision.”
“We all understand the situation but we should all come into terms of what is best for all of us.”
Felix Annan has been Asante Kotoko’s first choice goalie in the last three years thereby landing him the club’s armband prior to the commencement of the season. Just recently before the league got suspended, he lost his position to Kwame Baah. He’s been linked with a move to join two South African outfits Orlando Pirates and Maritzburg United.
By: Iddriss Abdul Rahim