Former Asante Kotoko Ugandan striker George Abege has disclosed that the two-time CAF Champions League winners is not a big club as anticipated by many.
Abege – who joined Asante Kotoko on a two-year deal from Kariobangi Sharks was farmed out of the club in six months following his failure to command first team play.
According to the Ugandan International, looking at the club’s training complex at Adako Jachie and other structures, the Porcupine Warriors does not merit the ‘big team’ tag.
“Not really Kotoko is a big club, there’s some loopholes in Kotoko but from outside if you look at it you can admire a lot but once you go deep inside the club, you will find out that there’s a lot of loopholes,” Abege told Kumasi-based radio station Wontumi FM.
“Why am I saying this, because they need to invest a lot in youth football rightnow, if you look at their U20, they’re only few people, U17 never existed when I was there and they don’t give enough time to for those youth to have the courage to carry on and believe that after one, two, three seasons I will be able to deliver in Kotoko.
“Football is not spoken, football is played on the pitch and not at the office nor the road side so whatever you do on the pitch will determine whether what you’re doing was right from outside or not because what they display on the pitch shows that Kotoko is not big enough.
“But in terms of facilities I think it’s good, they have a bus and somehow organised club, they’ve got training pitch but the training pitch lacks a lot so there’s a lot of things this team need to do to be called a big team because I was there and saw it SO for it to be at pal with the so called big teams in Africa, there are a lot to be done on the ground before they come on the pitch.
“I always wish Asante Kotoko the best but I also wish they could do something about that because it’s not good for a club to always boost itself with their past history than to look at the future.”
Abege is currently unattached after his contract with Asante Kotoko was terminated after the club’s last campaign in the CAF Inter-club competition.