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Asante Kotoko SC
Asante Kotoko SC (logo).png
Full name Asante Kotoko Sporting Club
(Akan: Kum Apem a, Apem Beba; English: Kill a thousand, and a thousand more will come)
Nickname(s) Porcupines
Porcupine Warriors
The Great Porcupines of Africa
Founded August 31, 1935
Ground Kumasi Sports Stadium
Kumasi, Ashanti, Ghana
Ground Capacity 40,528
and Owner
Asantehene Nana Osei Tutu II
Chief Executive Officer
and Chairman
Mr. Opoku Nti (former player)
and Manager
Mas-ud Didi Dramani[1]
League Ghana Premier League
2013–14 1st (Champions)
Website Club home page

Asante Kotoko Sporting Club, also known as Asante Kotoko, is a professional football club from Kumasi, Ashanti. Based at Kumasi Sports Stadium they are competing in the Ghana Premier League. They have been champions of Ghana a record 24 times, and have won the CAF Champions League twice.

The International Federation of Football History and Statistics ranked Asante Kotoko the African club of the 20th century.[2]


Asantehene King Prempeh II, is the first life patron of Asante Kotoko greeting Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Harold Macmillan, January 1960

The foundation of Kumasi Asante Kotoko Sporting Club was laid by 13 young Ashanti men led by a young driver, Mr. Kwasi Kumah, ably supported by L.Y.Asamoah an electrician.[3][4] Mr. Kwasi Kumah, a native of Nyankyerenease near Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, was a chauffeur to an English man and military officer, a Colonel Ross.[3][4] Kwasi Kumah nurtured the idea of forming a football team when he watched an exciting football match.[3][4]

The Porcupine on the National Emblem of the Kingdom of Ashanti; The "Porcupine Warriors" is the Asante Kotoko nickname.

When Colonel Ross returned home for good, Kumah bought a set of jerseys to start his football team.[3][4] With co-operation from his good friend, L.Y.Asamoah, he formed the Ashanti United Football Club in 1926.[3][4] Five years later the team was renamed Kumasi Titanics.[3][4] The team was really handicapped because most of the players worked in government organizations like the Prisons and Railways and had been transferred from Kumasi.[3][4] "Kumasi Titanics" did not find enough luck in their new name and in 1934 they adopted a more powerful name, Mighty Atoms.[3][4] Still the club did not see much progress and in 1935, Mr J.S.K. Frimpong, popularly called Teacher Frimpong, then a teacher of the Kumasi Government School who had all the time shown interest in the club, organized some men from his school and proposed a change of name from "Kumasi Titanics" to Kumasi Asante Kotoko Football Club.[3][4] Permission had to be obtained from the Asantehene (King of the Kingdom of Ashanti) because the name "Kotoko", meaning "Porcupine" is the official symbol of the Ashanti nation.[3] The Asantehene, Nana Sir Osei Agyeman Prempeh II, became the first life patron of the club.[3] Kumasi Asante Kotoko Football Club was subsequently formally founded in 1935.[3][4]

Asante Kotoko's emblem features the "Porcupine", displaying an inbuilt arsenal of sharp spikes for use when attacked by an enemy.[4]

In July 2011, Asante Kotoko and English Premier League club Sunderland signed a partnership agreement, which will see Sunderland offering practical support and advice in youth coaching, player development, fitness and medical matters as well as football business strategy to Asante Kotoko.[5]


The colours of Asante Kotoko depict the colours on both the national flag (ethnic flag) and national emblem of Ashanti with the colours of red, yellow and green used on the Asante Kotoko first (home) kit shirts and shorts while the colours white and red are used on the Asante Kotoko second alternative kit shirts and shorts; and in 2011, Asante Kotoko re-introduced third alternative kit of black, yellow and green colours worn in the late 1980s.[6]

Kits evolution[edit]

1st Colours
2nd Colours
2nd Alt.
3rd Colours


Asante Kotoko's emblem is symbolizes the national emblem of the Kingdom of Ashanti (Kingdom of Asante) and Ashanti with the colours black, green and yellow enclosing the colours on the national flag and ethnic flag of the Kingdom of Asante and Asante Kotoko's emblem [also represents the national emblem of the Ashanti people and the Ashanti nation (who are more like the Catalan people and Catalonia)]; the Asante Kotoko emblem features a remarkably threatening looking porcupine and the motto "(Akan: Kum apem a, apem beba", which means "Kill a thousand, and a thousand more will come".[4]


Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi.jpg
Kumasi Asante Kotoko SC home ground Kumasi Sports Stadium

Asante Kotoko's home stadium is the Kumasi Sports Stadium located in the capital city of Ashanti, Kumasi. Champions Asante Kotoko are to get a multi-purpose stadium called the Rlg Fabulous Arena based on a three-year endorsement contract with Rlg Communications.[7] Rlg, became Asante Kotoko’s eleventh endorser since Asante Kotoko's executive board chairman Dr K.K Sarpong took office in the middle of 2010.[7] The Asante Kotoko executive board committee reached a perfect agreement with endorser Rlg Communications to build a mega new stadium for Asante Kotoko in a yet-to-be determined location within the capital city of the Ashanti nation, Kumasi.[7] The Asante Kotoko stadium project which by the end of its construction will be named the Rlg Fabulous Arena will likely begin to take course in the final year of the Asante Kotoko and Rlg Communications contract.[7]


Asante Kotoko is the 6th biggest football team and professional club in Continental Africa and arguably the biggest club in Ghana; Asante Kotoko has a speculated ten million (10,000,000) followers and in the year 2011, Asante Kotoko and Sunderland AFC respective club executive Chairmen's engaged in strategic and positive discussions on both clubs collaborating.[8] The Asante Kotoko strategical partnership sees Sunderland of the Premier League sharing its coaching and business expertise with Asante Kotoko, offering practical support and advice in youth coaching, player development, fitness and medical matters and football business strategy.[8] Kotoko in turn works closely with Sunderland AFC to help the Premier League club build and grow its brand in the emerging African territory and geographic Africa.[8]

Ownership and financing[edit]

Club financing and club endorsements[edit]

The owner and life patron of Asante Kotoko SC is King Asantehene of Ashanti, Osei Tutu II.[10] The US$150,000,000 (GH₵355,000,000) per annum (per season) Asante Kotoko squad players salary wage bill for 2014 and further additional US$150,000,000 (GH₵355,000,000) per annum (per season) squad players transfer wage bill for 2014 is financed from the large and industrial mineral rich economy of Ashanti with Ashanti being the 2nd largest producer of theobroma cacao and cocoa in the world as most of Ghana's cocoa is grown in Ashanti,[11] and Ashanti is the 7th largest producer of gold bars and gold bullions in the world as Ashanti is also a major site of Ghana's gold-mining industry with Ashanti being home to the world's 10th largest gold deposit and 10th largest producing gold mine on Earth; The Obuasi Gold Mine.[12] The 1 ton of Gold bars and Gold (Bullion) is worth $64.3 Million dollars (US$64,300,000) at $2000/oz.[13] Asante Kotoko's diverse endorsements portfolio includes technology corporations Interplast, Smart TV, Iei and giant Rlg Communications; financial institution Fidelity Bank; water company Everpure limited, Peppis Pizza limited, and Vit's Noodles limited; telecommunication companies Millicom and MTN Group; mass media company SportsPro Media limited; worldwide major electricity generation and electricity construction incorporation Symbion Power; and Singaporean kit manufacturer Kubba.[9]

Training facility[edit]

Asante Kotoko Adako-Jachie Training Complex[edit]

Asante Kotoko training ground and training facilities headquarters, are located in the capital city of the Ashanti nation, Kumasi.[14] There is ongoing construction of the "Asante Kotoko Adako-Jachie Training Complex" which when completed in 2015 will consist of three training pitches, one artificial grass pitch, multi-functional sports hall, Olympic-size swimming pool and a 20-bedroom camping facility for Asante Kotoko at Adako Jachie suburb situated on the outskirts of Kumasi.[14] The "Asante Kotoko Adako-Jachie Training Complex"; three training pitches and the 20 bedroom facility will come with a large multi-operational health club and gym, weights for strength training and physical fitness area, a massage unit, dressing rooms, the technical staff's and coaches' office, as well as a conference room with screening facilities and offices for the Asante Kotoko Chief operating officers (Operations Director) and the technical bench.[14] Whereas one of the training pitches will go to the Asante Kotoko reserve and youth squad; the remaining two other training pitches will be used by the Asante Kotoko professional senior squad.[14] The Asante Kotoko executive board committee revealed that 10 percent of contributions to the Asante Kotoko development project fund would be used to fund the "Asante Kotoko Adako-Jachie Training Complex" and mega training facility.[14] The Asante Kotoko executive board intimated that the Asante Kotoko Owner and Life Patron of Asante Kotoko, Asantehene King Otumfuo Osei Tutu II of the Ashanti nation is to provide both financial and moral support to the "Asante Kotoko Adako-Jachie Training Complex" and mega training facility construction project.[14] The Asante Kotoko squad players are driven from the Asante Kotoko stadium on the Asante Kotoko squad coach (bus) manufactured by Tata Motors of conglomerate Tata Group to the training headquarters of Asante Kotoko.[15]

Situated at the headquarters of Asante Kotoko is also the Youth academy of Asante Kotoko, in which system and program focuses on the Asante Kotoko youth squad players development as footballers. Former products of the Asante Kotoko Youth academy development program and system include Karim Abdul Razak, Tony Yeboah, Isaac Vorsah, Samuel Inkoom, Godwin Antwi, and Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu.[16]


GFA National Titles[edit]

1959, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1975, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1988–89, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93, 2003, 2005, 2007–08, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14 (Record Holder).
1958, 1959, 1960, 1978, 1984, 1997–98, 2001, 2014 (2nd Most Successful Club).
2012, 2013.

Other GFA National Titles[edit]

  • Ghana SWAG Cup: 12
1981, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008 (Record Holder).
  • Ghana Telecom Gala: 3
1999–00, 2001, 2005 (Record Holder).
  • Ghana Top Four Cup: 2
2003, 2007 (Record Holder).
  • Ghana Annual Republic Day Cup: 3
2004, 2005, 2008 (Record Holder).

International Titles[edit]

Champion – 1970, 1983,
Runners-up – 1967, 1971, 1973, 1982, 1993
Runners-up – 2002
Runners-up – 2004

Performance in CAF competitions[edit]

2008Group Stage
1995 – Quarter-finals
1997 – Second Round
Continental Clubs of the 20th Century
Region Team
Africa Ghana Asante Kotoko
Asia Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
South America Uruguay Peñarol
Central and North America Costa Rica Saprissa
Oceania Australia South Melbourne
Europe Spain Real Madrid
CAF Clubs Rankings: Current 21st Century Top 6 – CAF overall ranking of African Clubs
CAF Football Team Points
1 Egypt Al-Ahly 91
2 Tunisia Espérance 58
3 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel 54
4 Egypt Zamalek 50
5 Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe 49
6 Ghana Asante Kotoko 44


Current squad[edit]

As of 3 January 2014[17] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Ghana GK Isaac Amoako
2 Ghana MF Ben Adama
3 Ghana MF Bobbie Ansah
4 Ghana MF Stephen Oduro
5 Ghana DF Abeiku Ainooson
6 Ghana MF Michael Akuffu
7 Ghana MF Issah Yakubu
8 Ghana MF Jordan Opoku
10 Ghana FW Isaac Boakye
11 Ghana MF Yahaya Mohamed
13 Ghana FW Ransford Osei
15 Ghana MF Prince Baffoe
16 Burkina Faso GK Abdoulaye Soulama
17 Ghana FW Richard Mpong
20 Ghana DF Amos Frimpong
21 Ghana DF Kwabena Adusei
22 Ghana DF Christopher Bonney
23 Ghana GK Joseph Addo
24 Ghana MF Godfred Asante
No. Position Player
25 Ghana MF Aminu Mohammed
26 Uganda DF Joseph Ochaya
27 Ghana MF David Korbah
30 Ghana DF Henry Ohene Brenya
31 Ghana MF Eric Donkor
33 Ghana FW Daniel Larbi Koomson
34 Ghana MF David Ofei
35 Ghana FW Benjamin Acheampong
36 Burkina Faso MF Bassirou Ouédraogo
37 Ghana MF Micky Ofosu
38 Ghana MF Nurudeen Ali
39 Ghana FW Abdul Nafiu Idrissu
40 Ivory Coast DF Ben Adama Banh
41 Ghana FW Osman Bashiru
43 Ghana DF Aziz Ansah
44 Ghana MF Albert Bruce
45 Ghana MF Ibrahim Ayew

Reserve squad & youth squad[edit]

As of 3 January 2014 Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
12 Ghana GK Felix Annan
18 Ghana GK George Arthur
19 Ghana DF Kofi Agyare
28 Ghana MF Richard Yeboah
29 Ghana FW Michael Mensah
32 Ghana GK Mutawakriu Mohamed
46 Ghana DF Emmanuel Appiah
47 Ghana DF Nafiu Dramani
48 Ghana DF Razik Mohamed
49 Ghana DF Yaw Acheampong
50 Ghana DF Stephen Asamoah
51 Ghana DF Kingsley Nteng
No. Position Player
52 Ghana MF Daniel Boateng
53 Ghana MF Augustine Okrah
54 Ghana MF Jonas Suker
55 Ghana MF Omar Toufic
56 Ghana MF Lukeman Kasim
57 Ghana MF Agbowaze Kwinsi
58 Ghana MF Alhassan Saddick
59 Ivory Coast FW Mohammed Toure
60 Ghana FW Alhassan Bukari
61 Ghana FW Francis Dadzie
62 Ghana FW Musah Issah

Former footballers[edit]

For details on former Asante Kotoko SC footballers see Asante Kotoko SC former footballers.


Current officials and technical staff[edit]

Position Staff
President and Owner Ashanti Empire Otumfuo Nana & Osei Tutu II
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chairman Ashanti Empire Ghana Opoku Nti
Director of Communications Ashanti Empire Ghana Jarvis Peprah
Director of Finance & Administration Ashanti Empire Ghana Helina Kwabbla
Director of Operations Ashanti Empire Ghana George Kenedy
Director of Legal Affairs Ashanti Empire Ghana Kwame Boafo
Team manager Ashanti Empire Ghana Gordon Ablordey
Chief-Trainer and Head coach Ashanti Empire Ghana Mas-ud Didi Dramani
Assistant coach Ashanti Empire Ghana Michael Osei
Goalkeepers' coach Ashanti Empire Ghana Joseph Carr
Fitness coach Ashanti Empire Ghana Omono Asamoah
Specialist Medical Doctor Ashanti Empire Ghana Dr. Kwaku Boateng
Physiotherapist Ashanti Empire Ghana Franklin Acheampong
Physical Trainer Ashanti Empire Ghana Awudu Nuhu
Masseur Ashanti Empire Ghana Richard Hammond

Last updated: January 2014
Source: Kumasi Asante Kotoko Sporting Club official website




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Preceded by
Ismaily SC
Champions of Africa
Succeeded by
Canon Yaoundé
Preceded by
Al Ahly SC
Champions of Africa
Succeeded by
Zamalek SC
Preceded by
Kaizer Chiefs
South Africa
African Cup Winners' Cup
Runner up: Asante Kotoko
Winner: Wydad Casablanca

Succeeded by
Étoile Sportive du Sahel
Preceded by
CAF Confederation Cup
Runner up: Asante Kotoko
Winner: Hearts of Oak

Succeeded by
FAR Rabat