Ghanaian football club, Asante Kotoko Sporting Club and English premiership side, Southampton Football Club have announced a partnership agreement.
Southampton will support the development of Asante Kotoko’s strategy both on and off the pitch over the course of the partnership.
Southampton will “share their industry-leading coaching expertise to help Asante Kotoko realise their ambition of building a sustainable Academy and pathway to the first team, with year-round remote support supplemented by regular visits to Ghana throughout the partnership from the club’s International Football Partnership team, ” according to a statement posted on the club’s website.
The partnership will include Academy staff exchange visits between the UK and Ghana, as well as opportunities for Asante Kotoko’s young players to attend annual UK Player Development camps and experience the Southampton Academy methodology first-hand when travel corridors open up and it is safe to travel.
Southampton will also support the development of Asante Kotoko’s commercial and operational strategy through collaborating on key projects.
“This partnership enables us to plug Asante Kotoko into Southampton in such a way that Kotoko functions like Southampton. Kotoko would have everything Southampton has but to a level that reflects our different budgets. I believe that with the expertise and resources available at Southampton, we can tap into this and develop our setup to look and feel professional like Saints,” stated Nana Yaw Amponsah, the Chief Executive Officer of Asante Kotoko.
Mark Abrahams, Director of Business and Community Development added: “During these challenging times we’re delighted to have agreed a long-term partnership to work with Asante Kotoko. Nana Yaw has a clear vision for Asante Kotoko to be a self-sustainable football club both on and off the pitch. We look forward to working with him and his team to support their development.”
Asante Kotoko SC is Southampton’s first professional club partnership in Africa.