Meet Opanin Kwasi Kuma the founder of Kumasi Asante Kotoko

Meet Opanin Kwasi Kuma the founder of Kumasi Asante Kotoko

- Opanin Kwasi Kuma, a historic Ghanaian driver, founded Kumasi Asante Kotoko in August 1935

- This was after the Accra driver who originally hailed from the Ashanti Region watched a match between Accra Hearts of Oak and Standfast FC in 1924

- Over time, the renowned football club was taken over by Manhyia Palace and became a symbolic representation of the people of Ashanti

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Kumasi Asante Kotoko, inarguably one of the biggest football clubs in Ghana, was founded by a historic Ghanaian named Opanin Kwasi Kuma in August 1935.

A report by Pulse.com.gh indicates that the idea to birth Kotoko came after Kwasi Kuma, who was then a driver in Accra, but hailed from the Ashanti Region, watched a crucial football match.

According to Ghanaweb.com, in 1924, Opanin Kwasi Kuma drove a Colonel to go and watch the match between Accra Hearts of Oak and Standfast FC for the 'Guggisberg Shield//Cup' and Hearts of Oak won the match by 2-1.

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Meet Opanin Kwasi Kuma the founder of Kumasi Asante Kotoko

Meet Opanin Kwasi Kuma the founder of Kumasi Asante Kotoko Source: Ghanaweb.com
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Kwasi Kuma named his club Rainbow FC by taking inspiration from Hearts of Oak rainbow colours, before a number of name changes culminated into the selection of 'Asante Kotoko' as the final name.

Over time, the renowned football club was taken over by Manhyia Palace and became a symbolic representation of the people of Ashanti

Currently, Kumasi Asante Kotoko has won 23 league titles, nine FA Cup and two Africa Champions Cups.

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Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh also reported that on August 31, 1991, 29 years ago, Ghana's U-17 football team made the country proud as they won the World Cup finals that were held in Italy.

Ghana beat Spain in a thrilling 1:0 encounter with Emmanuel Duah scoring in the 77th minute to seal the victory which was Ghana's first time of winning the coveted title.

Interestingly, Ghana had played in the same group with Spain and finished second due to goal differences, although the Starlets shared the same five points as the group leaders.

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