Late Simms Mensah metamorphosed Kotoko into a conquering squad – Lord ‘Zico’

Kumasi, A legend of Asante Kotoko S/C, Samuel OpokuNti, popularly known as Lord ‘Zico’, had paid glowing tribute to the late Simms Kofi Mensah, former Chairman of the club, who passed on early this week, after a short illness.

Simms Mensah would always be remembered for transforming the Porcupine Warriors into an all-conquering squad, the Kotoko legend said.

OpokuNti, who scored Kotoko’s winning goal that gave the club its last African Cup in 1983, described the late chairman as a unifier and charismatic leader.

He is responsible for laying a solid foundation for the club, especially in the 1980s, he told the GNA Sports in an interview.

The late Simms Kofi Mensah was in charge of the club from 1979-81, and his era saw the Porcupine Warriors, recruit some of the best players on the local scene, including OpokuNti.

Other notable players he brought on board and who also played instrumental role in the Senior National Team, the Black Stars, included Seth Ampadu, Joe Tex Aboagye, Albert Asaase, Francis Kumi, Ahmed Rockson and Abdul KarimZito.

He was also credited for bringing the Kotoko supporters together to form the Circles, which is the official mouthpiece of the supporting base of the club.

OpokuNti said it was imperative that the younger generation of the Kotoko fraternity learnt many lessons from the legacies of the late Chairman for their own benefit.

He appealed to all members of the Kotoko fraternity to come together to mourn one of the pillars, whose shoulders Kotoko stood to conquer Africa and positioned itself as a formidable club not only in Ghana, but the continent as well.

Source: Ghana News Agency