Elmina Sharks midfielder Richard Mpong opens up on why he left Asante Kotoko

Published on: 14 April 2020

Elmina Sharks midfielder Richard Mpong has opened up on why he left Asante Kotoko under coach David Ducan.

The 29-year-old played a key role at the Porcupine Warriors, helping them win two league titles and two FA Cup trophies during his three-year stint at the club.

Mpong has disclosed that current Black Stars deputy coach Duncan sidelined all players signed by his predecessor Dramani when he took over at the club.

He said that coach David Ducan thought Dramani's players would sabotage his work.

“When Duncan succeeded Didi Dramani, there were talks in town as to who is better since Didi had been a CAF instructor who was teaching most of the local coaches.

"That actually affected us because Duncan started sidelining all the players who were signed by Didi because he thought we’ll sabotage him," he revealed.

"In fact, a day before Kotoko played against MC El Eulma in the CAF Champions League in 2015, Duncan invited all the players and told us those who joined under Didi and think we can’t play for the club again should own up. No one knew what triggered that."

"We’re shocked because none of us had even thought of that. That really affected us and none of us was able to play well in the game which we eventually lost 2-1 at home," he added.