The Chief Executive Officer for Asante Kotoko Nana Yaw Amponsah,said during the unveiling of his management team last month that, the club is going to use shipping containers to build ultra-modern facilities at Adako Jachie complex and will be ready by three-month time
The pronouncement has been received with name-calling (Container FC, Lotto Kiosk FC etc) and mockery from fans and even club officials of rival clubs.
On the back of this that Halftimegh.com researched to find out if the Kumasi-based club deserves the kind of vilification and name-calling launched on them.
Our editorial team chanced on an article by UK-based news outlet The Guardian which was written by Adam Forest and published on Friday 9 October 2015 with headline
”Living in a steel box: are shipping containers really the future of housing?”
The article sought to find out if shipping containers was really the future of housing in the world and they had a met with people who are living in steel boxes
It takes time to adjust to living inside a steel box. Timothy Ader did not, initially, like the idea of staying at Wenckehof, a student village in Amsterdam made up of 1,000 recycled shipping containers. But three years after moving in, he has no regrets.
“My first impression of the containers was, ‘It’s ghetto stuff – I’m not living there,’” recalls the 24-year-old. “But I started visiting a friend of mine living here and started to like the place. Then I moved in and I realised how good it was. I’m really comfortable in my container and I have a lot of space of my own. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else in the world now.”
Clearly, the article by the Guardian concluded that From London to Amsterdam to Mumbai, shipping containers have been celebrated as a cheap and easy way to give pre-fab housing.
We also researched into if there is any club that has a structure made of the shipping container and we find out that English premier league side Southampton football club has a structure made of shipping container.
It is pardonable for Kotoko rival fans to troll with the container structure but will be naïve and infantile for a club administrator to mock the type of housing strategy Kotoko has deployed.