Jerome Otchere writes: The Ogum confusion and more

Prosper Narteh OgumI make concessions. Im not shy to do that. On hindsight, my tweets right after news of Asante Kotoko coach, Prosper Narteh Ogums purported resignation was ill-timed.Fans were shocked and upset. They needed something soothing, something reassuring, not opinions projecting the undercurrents leading to the confusion. Im very sorry.This is the admittance I make to those pointing to me that, I couldve been circumspect. Ill-mannered folks bent on denigrating me must be ignored. Criticisms that, I didnt have to provoke supporters just when the coachs so-called exit was announced are fair.We should be sober then, discerning minds must calmly watch developments in the club; it wouldnt be difficult to understand the import of my wrongly-timed tweet, which essentially said, beneath the shine of Nana Yaw Amponsah (NYA)s undisputed fine Kotoko works, is an unpleasant situation that that needs attention.This view I shared, admittedly at a mistaken time, arises out of my resolution to dispassionately look at issues. Its not NYA hate. Weve to be open-minded. Ive applauded NYA publicly on his transformational work, for example, the conscious attempt to place Kotoko on sound financial footing thorough sponsorship.Hes repositioning the club on the minds of supporters, through exceptional social media interaction, stellar team performance this season, arduous fan mobilisation for funds and so on. But, certain things beneath these would undermine NYAs fantastic work.Weve to think to see. We shouldnt be deceived. Underneath NYAs glittering work, are matters that have always hurt Kotoko and if not addressed, would hurt more in no time. Disaffection within Board-Management, and the technical team, as seen in Ogums case this week have all been there. Is this why some fans think I want NYA to fail? No.What happened this week, sounds warning bells for the clubs leadership to act. The Board must be united and firm. In Manhyia Palaces notice, heralding their appointment, the buck stops with them. In fact, in corporate governance practices, which the Palace insisted on, this weeks developments are unhealthy for progress.The tension has been building up to this week. We must douse it properly. Now, whether or not Ogum resigned is immaterial. Whether elements within us rushed to broadcast his departure also doesnt matter. If the Boards latest posture amounts to a behindhand public relations step, so be it! Calm is necessary. So are peace and unity.Management must know that criticism isnt hatred. NYA must know that for some of us its simply the passion for Kotoko not the ridiculous hate-agenda being bandied. Ive no time for that. I may hold views which could be wrong but its not hate. My heart has productive things to consume in these depressive times of the world.To me, Ogums return seems unrealistic. The under-tides that birthed this weeks confusion and how we handled it, calls for deeper assessment and forward-looking decisions, not schemes to make Ogum, Management or the Board look nice. Its Kotoko that must be made to look good all the time.We shouldve been planning by now; the Africa campaign, GPL title defence and so on. But, here weve a self-inflicted pain, resulting from bottled matters but which must now be confronted and addressed behind the outside niceties. Firm, united leadership is needed now to deal with the things that matter to spare fans more anguish.Source:

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