Asante Kotoko

SAFC to head to Ghana

Benefits of partnership shining through.

Sunderland AFC officials are set to travel to Ghana later this year to support club partners Asante Kotoko SC.

The Porcupines, who confirmed consecutive Ghanaian Premier League titles in June, will work with Black Cats officials to improve their structure as they look to improve their brand awareness on an international scale.

And Asante Kotoko’s International Relations Manager, Kwame Baah-Nuakoh, believes the growing relationship between Wearside and Ashanti is a benchmark for development in African football.

“Kotoko’s relationship with Sunderland is not only good for Kotoko but for all other Ghanaian clubs,” he told GHANAsoccernet.com.

“We have taken the lead but then it beholds on the other clubs to also look out for similar international partnerships to advance their course.

“More and more clubs all over the world are taking advantage of such opportunities and Ghanaian clubs should not be left out.

“There is a lot to learn and benefit from such partnerships and I hope our Ghanaian clubs can also seize this opportunity and make the most out of it.”

Sunderland’s officials will provide expertise in coaching and structure as the Ghanaians look to emulate the Black Cats’ success at the Academy of Light.

The Cleadon-based facility is one of the best in the world and, on his visit to the training base, Asante Kotoko’s chairman, Dr Desmond Sarpong, was full of praise for the Black Cats’ support as the partnership continues to grow.

“They help our coaches, our facilities, our structure and they are helping us in many ways and it’s been very, very helpful to us,” he added.