The Porcupine Warriors boss has hit back at a section of the media who initially downplayed his capabilities when his appointment was made official
Asante Kotoko coach Prosper Ogum Narteh has questioned the current stance of journalists who kicked against his appointment few months ago.
Then with WAFA, Ogum, who had led the Sogakope-based club to finish third last season, was seen as the ideal replacement to Mariano Baretto but a lot of journalists raised red flag insisting that he doesn’t have the experience to manage a big club.
However, after 24 matches, Kotoko are on the verge of winning the Premier League after stretching their lead at the top to eight points following the 1-0 victory over Hearts of Oak in the Super Clash on Sunday.
“I’m a development coach. I’m a youth coach so no wonder people like you and others with all due respect when I was coming, thought that a youth coach or a coach from academia doesn’t fit into Kotoko,” Ogum said as quoted by AshesGyamera.com.
“But I have come and I’m working so I don’t know how you’re going to tell the narrative again. I mean somebody who is a youth coach cannot coach. We brought in players from Division Two, players from nowhere and if you’ve actually followed football, it takes time for players to disabuse their beliefs and knowledge about how football is played and to accept a new one.
“But within this shortest period of time, we’ve been able to do that. Right from our first game against Dreams FC up to this time, it has never changed. I don’t want to take the credit, I want to give the credit to the players.
“They have been very obedient. They have been very humble and purposeful. In fact, the level of respect they give you me, I’m even amazed,” he added.
Ogum further explained why forward Stephen Amankona has been left out of his starting line up and believes the player must up his game.
Kotoko, who lead the log with 52 points, will travel to Tamale next weekend to lock horns with RTU.