By Saddick Adams
Ex-Bayern Munich defender Samuel Osei Kuffour is in line for full administrative duties at Asante Kotoko after showing interest in the Chief Executive position at the club, GHANAsoccernet can exclusively reveal.
The 37 year old, who enjoyed a successful career which spanned over 20 years, was named a member of Kotoko’s board a few weeks ago by the life patron Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene.
Reports are rife in the local media linking the 2001 BBC African Footballer of the Year to top job as Opoku Nti continues to act as CEO.
A close source of the ex-Ghana international told GHANASoccernet.com: “Clearly he has shown his intent of venturing into mainstream football association after availing himself to serve on the board of the club.
“Don’t also forget he is a big fan of the club and he made his intentions known long ago about serving in any capacity at the club where he had even wanted to retire as a footballer.
“For now he is a board member and as per the ethics of modern administration, a board member can also act as a Chief Executive so he will be waiting on the board to take a decision as to how the appointment to that position will be done but obviously he is interested.
“Sammy has such a huge clout of experience in the game and he thinks it’s time to enter into full administration and make use of the several contacts and links he has built and Kotoko’s name on the continent and world football at large will be a great combination if he finally takes up the job.”
Kuffour is currently a pundit on South Africa-based Pay TV channel SuperSport.
He played AS Roma and Livorno before retiring but he is remembered for his displays for Bayern where he won the UEFA Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup in 2001.