By Patrick Akoto
Ex-Ghana international Frimpong Manso has criticized Kotoko and Hearts for their ‘unreasonable’ signing spree ahead of the upcoming season.
The two biggest clubs in Ghana have augmented their squad with the acquisition of top notch players in a bid to make a significant impact this term.
Kotoko have brought in as many as 17 players while their sworn rivals forked out thousands of dollars to bring in 11.
The big-spending Ghanaian League champions have gone ahead to sign the likes of Richard Mpong, Kwabena Edusei, Rashid Sumaila, Ransford Osei, Issah Yakubu, Joseph Ochaya and Ben Adama amongst others.
Hearts coach CK Akunnor was given a financial warchest of US$ 2.5 million during the transfer window and wasted no time in bringing on board the likes of Emmanuel Ansong, Seth Owusu, unfit Gilbert Fiamenyo, Richard Addai and Papa Hayford to the capital-based side.
But the former Ghana defender is flabbergasted with how the two clubs embarked on such a spending spree and claims it’s waste of resources.
“It really baffles me to see a club that has just won the league signing almost 20 players and Hearts of Oak which didn’t do badly last season also doing the same.” Manso told Sunyani-based Storm FM.
“Some of the coaches of these clubs did not even see some of these players before they were bought.
“Some management members for whatever reasons went ahead to buy them and then dumped them at the training grounds.
“For what I know, a club that has qualified for the Caf Champions League should have made strategic signings of just about three or four players.
“And those players should even be experienced and not all these new guys.”
Kotoko are keen to hold onto their Premier League crown while Hearts want to mount a serious challenge for the title.
A proposed Super-2 clash between the two heavyweights fell through at the eleventh hour after organizers failed to secure sponsorship from giants telecommunication outfit MTN.