Southampton FC has added Ghanaian Premier League side Asante Kotoko SC to its portfolio of International Club Partners.
The two-time CAF Champions League winners will receive strategic support both on and off the pitch from Southampton through the collaboration.
Furthermore, the Premier League club will help its newest international club partner to build a sustainable academy by sharing its coaching expertise, providing year-round remote support and occasional visits to Ghana.
Some of Asante Kotoko’s youth players will also have the opportunity to attend annual UK player development camps when travel corridors re-open.
Director of Business and Community Development at Southampton, Mark Abrahams, commented: “During these challenging times we’re delighted to have agreed a long-term partnership to work with Asante Kotoko.
“Nana Yaw has a clear vision for Asante Kotoko to be a self-sustainable football club both on and off the pitch. We look forward to working with him and his team to support their development.”
In addition, Southampton and Asante Kotoko will collaborate on commercial and operational projects.
Nana Yaw Amponsah, CEO of Asante Kotoko, added: “This partnership enables us to plug Asante Kotoko into Southampton in such a way that Kotoko functions like Southampton. Kotoko would have everything Southampton has but to a level that reflects our different budgets.
“I believe that with the expertise and resources available at Southampton, we can tap into this and develop our setup to look and feel professional like Saints.”
Based in Kumasi, Asante Kotoko have won the top flight on 23 occasions, more than any other Ghanaian Premier League team. The club was also named the African club of the century by International Football Federation of History and Statistics (IFFHS).