Kumasi Asante Kotoko have been forced to abandon their initial kit for the 2022/2023 season following the backlash that greeted the first one.
The club last week announced their kit for the season which featured a nice image of the owner of the team, but on Thursday, the club again said they have had to change the initial kits after some consultations.
The new jersey shared by Asante Kotoko on their social media is without the image of the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu.
The home jersey which is dominated by the traditional red colors of the club has white stripes on the sleeves with images of the porcupine dotted on it.
The away kit has a black touch on the edge of the sleeve with some flat designs.
Asante Kotoko’s jersey was shrouded in controversy after the life patron of the club had his image embossed on it.
Multiple reports indicate that elders of Manhyia Palace were furious with the decision by the club’s management to emboss the image of the Asantehene on the kits as it was done without their consent.
Kessben FM reported earlier in the week that Manhyia directed the removal of Asantehene’s image from the kit.
The new development vindicates the position of people like Alhaji Gruzah who criticized the embossment of Otumfuo’s image on the jersey.
Alhaji Gruzah fumed over what he viewed to be crass and uncivilized action by the management of Asante Kotoko.
“It’s uncivilized to put Otumfuo on the Kotoko Jersey. In fact, it’s a village thing. Otumfuo is more than that. Otumfuo does not go to war and lose. Maybe these Ashantis don’t know how Otumfuo is valued.”
“We have after further considerations in collaboration with Errea amended our 2022/23 Kits.”
We have after further considerations in collaboration with Errea amended our 2022/23 Kits.— Asante Kotoko SC – 21/22 GPL Champions🥇 (@AsanteKotoko_SC) August 4, 2022
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