Former Ghana international Stephen Frimpong Manso has revealed he was paid monthly allowances by Asante Kotoko despite playing for then-city rivals Cornerstones FC.
The Ex-defender in an interview with the Graphic Sports Online admitted to receiving monthly allowances and gifts from fans and officials of Kotoko prior to joining them.
“While in the Black Stars camp, some supporters and officials of Kotoko visited their players and showered them money and with gifts. Even though I was not a Kotoko player, I benefited tremendously from such gifts. It got to a point that even as a player with Corners, I was on the payroll of Kotoko and received money on a monthly basis, ”
According to the 61-year-old, the rather unusual arrangement never affected how he played for Cornerstone even in matches against their rivals Asante Kotoko.
“I remained committed to Corners in all matches against Kotoko and other clubs because I was a professional player, so receiving money regularly from Kotoko never induce d me to play it soft,”
Now coach of Division One side Nkoranza Warriors, Frimpong Manso downplayed suggestions that the arrangement was to get him to play soft but probably a ploy to get him to join the side.
“They might have been doing so because they had in mind that I would play for them in the future”
“I played Corners for the love of it, and I was not earning any meaningful salary, so I felt it was time to benefit from my exploits. At the back of my mind, I knew I had to excel to attract an offer from some of the big clubs. That explains why I moved.”
“Together with my teammate Emmanuel Ampiah, we joined Kotoko primarily because of the professional way the club’s management treated their players.”
Stephen Frimpong Manso is among a few Ghanaian defenders to have dominated the scene in the 1980s after having featured for cornerstone and Ghana national team.
He left switched camps from Cornerstone FC to join Kotoko.