$240,000 FIFA Fine: Nana Kwame Dankwah reveals why Dr. Kwame Kyei rejected help from Kotoko supporters

Published on: 18 April 2020

Deputy Greater Accra Representative for Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Nana Kwame Dankwah has revealed that Dr. Kwame Kyei rejected help from supporters of the club to pay the $240,000 fine from FIFA because of the hardships presented by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

Nicknamed the Porcupine Warriors, the Ghana Premier League giants are in trouble over a transfer saga involving the signing of striker Emmanuel Clottey from Esperance de Tunis in 2015.

A legal tussle has ended with FIFA instructing Asante Kotoko to pay the transfer fee of the player as at that time of the transfer five years ago [$180,000] as well as interest to cover the delay in payment and the fee for lawyers who have been sitting on the case.

In the past week, supporters of the Reds tried to make contact with the club's Executive Chairman to raise funds to help in the payment of the fine. It was however rejected with Dr. Kwame Kyei deciding to organize himself to pay the money himself.

Speaking to Joy FM today, Nana Kwame Dankwah has explained that the decision was taken because Dr. Kwame Kyei does not want to worry fans at a period where the COVID-19 is already making life difficult.

“The supporters front even wrote to Management for permission to organise fundraising but looking at the situation [vis-à-vis Covid-19], people are not working. So, taking money from the fans is not appropriate”, he shared.