Asante Kotoko coach Maxwell Konadu invited into his plush official residence in Atasomanso, Kumasi to have a lengthy chat over a variety of issues.

Amongst some of the issues discussed are his general upbringing, his football career, his life as a husband and father, his coaching career with a lot of emphasis on events leading to joining Kotoko from All Stars and also the reported link to a coaching role with the Black Stars.

GSN: Thank You very much for inviting us to your beautiful home.

MK: You are welcome.

GSN: Can you please tell us who you are?

MK: Ok, my name is Maxwell Konadu and was born here in Kumasi but grew up in WA in the Upper West Region. I started school there and somewhere along the line started playing football. And throughout my playing career I did all I could to reach the highest point of the game. To the best of my knowledge I did my best to play in the Uefa Cup. That is the furthest I got to before coming back to Ghana to begin my coaching career.

GSN: At what point in time in your life did you realize you were good at football and did you get the support from your family especially during the days where playing any kind of sport is deemed derogatory.

MK: Initially, my mother wasn’t interested in me playing football but as time went on she gradually became interested. But initially it was very very difficult until some family elders had to intervene to convince her of my prospects. So gradually she agreed and I was free to even travel with teams to play football games.

GSN: Do you remember the first team you played for?

MK: Yes, we graduated from the schools and colleges and from there I joined Upper West Heroes before I played for RTU (Real Tamale United), came back to Upper West Heroes before joining Asante Kotoko way back in 1992 before traveling outside.

Maxwell Konadu on the Asante Kotoko bench©Christian Thompson/BackpagePix

GSN: I am sure your proudest moment then was to play for Kotoko being one of the big clubs in Ghana, what was the feeling like when you signed for the Porcupine Warriors?

MK: Yes, that is the team we all grew up with. My whole family, everybody was a Kotoko fan. That very year I think there were about eight, nine teams chasing me. Alhaji Hearts was a very good friend of mine and I even saw him as a father, he called me from Accra and even put it in the Daily Graphic because he knew I was in Kumasi that he needed me urgently for a club in Guinea. So upon Kotoko officials seeing this publication, they prevented me from going because they thought Alhaji Hearts wanted to take me for Hearts of Oak. So there and then, they (Kotoko) prepared a letter and a contract for me to sign and that is how I joined Kotoko. They had previously sent someone to WA to talk to me but I when I got to Kumasi Jones Attuquayfio took me to AshGold (then Goldfields) but Kotoko managed to get me in the end.

GSN: Do you remember your first game for Kotoko and how you fared in that game?

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