English Premiership side Southampton FC have announced a partnership with Kumasi Asante Kotoko.
Over the course of the partnership, the Saints will support the development of the Ghanaian Premier League giant’s strategy both on and off the pitch.
Southampton will share their industry-leading coaching expertise to help the Porcupine Warriors realise their ambition of building a sustainable Academy and pathway to the first team, with year-round remote support supplemented by regular visits to Ghana throughout the partnership from the club’s International Football Partnership team.
The partnership will include Academy staff exchange visits between the UK and Ghana, as well as opportunities for Asante Kotoko’s young players to attend annual UK Player Development camps and experience the Southampton Academy methodology first-hand, when travel corridors open up and it is safe to travel.
Southampton will also support the development of Asante Kotoko’s commercial and operational strategy through collaborating on key projects.
Asante Kotoko SC becomes Southampton’s first professional club partnership in Africa adding to a range of partners across North America, the Middle East, Australia and Japan.