Chief Executive Officer of Asante Kotoko, Nana Yaw Amponsah has revealed why Coach Seydou Zerbo was fired.
The Burkinabé tactician left the Porcupine Warriors for a poor run of results in March.
Zerbo was appointed as head coach of the current Ghana champions in August 2021 as a replacement for Dr. Prosper Narteh Ogum, after winning the premiership last season.
He supervised the club for 23 games in all competitions this season, where he managed 10 wins, 6 draws, and 7 losses.
While speaking in an interview with Oyerepa FM, the young football administrator disclosed that they parted ways with the former Burkina Faso trainer after finding out that some people had plotted or planned to go and attack him at the training ground.
“We did not bow to just calls for him to go, no. I think as management we knew what the club was and what he was capable of but we picked up strong intelligence that some people had plotted or planned to go and attack him at the training ground, similar to what happened to matic at Hearts of Oak and that incident has happened to Kotoko before and we felt that such a thing happening will not be in the best interest of the club, especially with the image of the club,” he told Oyerepa Sports.
“When we engaged him, he also said he had some conversations with his embassy here (Burkina Faso Embassy) and they have reiterated same so we felt that for us to allow some people to attack the coach at the training ground to defame the brand, if he’s falling out of love, we should just save ourselves that trouble.
“If you ask any management member, we were not happy with him going because we felt we still had the chance in the league with him and we felt that the time left, we can’t bring an outsider coach to come and make any massive impact if officiating continues the way it has been”
“There were a majority of supporters who wanted him (Zerbo) out. I remember our game against Hearts of Oak in Accra, I had to step in else he would have been attacked, even some persons I know were part but it’s not necessary now. There was a point there were calls from the board and I say this on authority that they said either the coach goes or the CEO goes, this is on record”
Abdulai Gazale is currently leading the club as their interim manager following the departure of Seydo Zerbo.
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