Asante Kotoko chief executive officer (CEO) Nana Yaw Amponsah reveals bringing Fabio Gama’s family with him to Ghana was part of their transfer deal for the Brazilian attacker.
The playmaker has taken the Ghana Premier League by storm after joining the Porcupine Warriors in October last year.
Earlier this month, he was named the most attractive player in the Ghana Premier League by the African Sports Centre (ASC), per findings of their annual Ghana Premier League Report survey.
“We also had to dig deep into Fabio Gama, of course it was a huge risk,” Amponsah said during ASC’s Ghana Premier League Webinar with the Johan Cruyff Institute.
“One of the things we had to do for Fabio Gama to succeed was to bring his family with him. He had to come with his wife and his child.
“That meant extra cost that could have put us off, but we felt that for him to settle, and also not to have destructions, it was important that we did that for him, and it paid off.
“So, in terms of the commercialization in every decision we take in Asante Kotoko, you cannot take it out. Every step is well calculated, we don’t always get it right but because we are very meticulous and very considerate of these factors, most at times we get it right.”
Gama is the third Brazilian to join Kotoko in recent times.
“This is a player with big history. He played for Brazil U-17, U-20, couldn’t make it to the very top as expected. He was playing in Europe, Sweden, had never come to Africa, you know you need to dig to find out whether he will adapt, his adaptation.
“And if you remember, when Fabio Gama came in, there was a lot of pressure on us to play him. Because some said he was a carpenter, some said we had brought in a farmer.
“But we had to be patient to give him at least one month of preparation, despite the pressure to ensure that he had trained properly, he had adjusted to the weather, and then he was ready before we unleashed him. And you realized that when we unleashed him, it paid off.
“It could have gone wither way, but we weighed the risk factors and we believed that we had about 75%-85% chance of him performing.”
The attacker is on a two-year deal with Kotoko.