Besides the excellent performance Coach Maxwell Konadu and his players exhibited on the pitch, during the 2011/2012 Glo Premier League, they also made interesting comments off the pitch. In the following, Jerome Otchere recollects some of the comments made by the coach, his players and supporters in press interviews during the just ended league.

“In football, you cannot predict. You do your best to win. If you do not win, you work hard to win next time”Coach Maxwell Konadu on Kotoko’s 1-1 draw at the Tema Park against Tema Youth on October 9, 2011.

“We have young guys who are ready to learn. They have the energy to perform. We saw their display on the field. It was good…”Maxwell Konadu on his team’s 3-0 thrashing of Ashantigold at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on October 16, 2011.

“I have been saying that it is hard work. The playing body and the technical team; everybody is doing his best…and that is having a huge impact on the team”Maxwell Konadu on his team’s impressive 2-0 win over Heart of Lions 2-0 on October 30, 2011 in Kumasi.

“I do not see this as our best form. We have played five matches. Our target is to be the best. We are not yet there but hopefully we will get there”Fatawu Mohammed after the 1-1 draw against Berekum Arsenal at the Golden City Park on November 6, 2011.

“It is our target to finish the first round unbeaten. So far we have played seven matches; we have won four and drawn three. I believe we have what it takes to win the remaining matches”Ohene Brenya after 0-0 outcome of the Super Clash in Accra on November 20, 2011.  

“No team is easy to beat in the Premiership… We attached importance to the game. Eventually we reaped the fruits of our good preparation”Maxwell Konadu on his team’s 4-0 routing of Wassaman United at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on November 27, 2011.

“We did not lose because our performance was bad. We started well, we tackled well but our finishing was not good. That is why we lost. It is a game we could have easily killed in the first half. We missed two clear chances which should have ended in goals…next time, we have to take our chances”Baba Abdul Rahman on the 0-1 loss to Edubiase FC at the Gyamfi Park at Bekwai on November 30, 2011.

“We knew from day one that it was going to be difficult…We needed to be patient, to play the ball around before we could attack. We did that until the minute that we had the goal…”Maxwell Konadu on his team’s hard fought 1-0 win over Ebusua Dwarfs at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on December 10, 2011.

“This is irrelevant. It is not important. I will not answer that question. What is important is that we won. I am happy that our fans are going home as happy people. For me that is the most important thing” Maxwell Konadu in reaction to criticisms on his team’s away record after their 1-0 win over Medeama SC at the Essipong Sports Stadium on February 19, 2012.

“As usual we started preparing for the match. The supporters in the region were happy because it was going to be another good chance to watch the players in action. Everything changed in a matter of hours; not many fans were enthused but we could not do anything”Brong Ahafo Regional Circles Secretary, Nana Agyenim Boateng after the Premier League Board moved the 21st week, Dwarfs-Kotoko fixture on March 25, 2012 from Sunyani to Obuasi.

 I saw it coming. I felt I could get to the ball faster than the defenders… It was a great feeling seeing the wild cheers from the spectators some of who were leaving. I am totally happy that Kotoko did not lose because that would have been painful”Richard Yeboah after he fetched the equaliser against Edubiase FC.

“With this win, it is finished! It is almost done. It is going to be difficult for any club in the competition to overtake us on the table and deny us to the league title”Maxwell Konadu after winning the Super Clash 2-1 in Kumasi on April 15, 2012.

“The referee did not do well. He got most of his decisions wrong. I appeal to authorities to ensure that only competent and fair minded referees are appointed to handle matches at his crucial stage”Executive Club 50 Chairman, Paul Asamoah Gyimah on the performance of Referee Seidu Bomison in the Might Jets-Kotoko clash in Accra on April 21, 2012.

“We are happy to have chalked this feat but we will still go into the remaining games with full determination and win to make our fans happy”Goalie Isaac Amoako after Kotoko won their 21st league title following the 0-0 result against Berekum Arsenal on April 29, 2012 at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.