One club that has been in the news in Ghana for various reasons is Kumasi Asante Kotoko. The record Ghana Premier League title holders have been in the news either due to transfer issues, management issues technical or coaching issue or the fan base of the club. The registered support base which is the National Circles Council cannot be left out of the equation as they often voice out their frustration when things don’t go well at the club. They are equally supportive in terms of funds. Asante Kotoko are the record Ghana Premier League title holders with 24 but trail arch rivals, Hearts of Oak by titles in the FA Cup. Last season they went without a trophy missing out on the league title to rivals, Hearts of Oak and finishing at the quarter finals of the MTN FA Cup. That resulted in issues with the head coach, Mariano Baretto.
Asante Kotoko and Portugal coach, Mariano Baretto mutually ended their marriage last month after he failed to guide them to any of the domestic trophies. Baretto took over from Ghana coach, Maxwell Konadu in March in a one-and-a-half year deal after the arrival of the Nana Yaw Amponsah led administration which was appointed to man the affairs of the club for three years. The Porcupine Warriors went last season without a trophy, missing out the league title to arch rivals, Hearts of Oak and finishing in the quarter finals of the MTN FA Cup.
The void created by the exit of Mariano Baretto has since been filled by former West Africa Football Academy Coach, Prosper Narteh Ogum in a 2-year deal with former Liberty Professionals coach, David Ocloo and John Eduafo as assistants. Malik Jabir is Kotoko legend and has called on the fans to lower their expectations and allow the new technical team some space to work. Very often, the Asante Kotoko fans have lost patience with coaches when the going gets tough especially last season when the club went trophiless. Such impatience led to the exit of Maxwell Konadu and recently Portugal trainer, Mariano Baretto. Malik Jabir believes there’s is the need to remain calm and allow the new coaches do their job with peace of mind. He has also urged the fans to lower their expectations as the coaches will need time to know their team very well.
“I will say they [the fans] should exercise patience. Our team according to my survey for the last four years, we have never played any better football. “So they should allow the new coaches to get a better team so that they can be entertained and win as well. “If you look at the coaches that have come to take Kotoko, if you look at where they came from, they put the ball on the ground and they try to think. “All the three coaches, I know them and if you look at WAFA, the kind of football they play, if you look at those other two guys and their various clubs, look at the way they play. “So now we are lucky to have three of them, if they combine their heads they will help the team.” Malik Jabir told Goodnews fm of Takoradi.
Asante Kotoko have made several signings, a blend of youth and experience to rebuild for the 2021/22 Ghana football season. Defender, Augustine Agyapong, 17 , joined from lower tier side, Delsanco Football Club while attacking midfielder, Clinton Opoku, 18 , signed from Phar Rangers. Young forward, Samuel Boateng also settled with Kotoko from Future Stars. Winger, Isaac Oppong, 18 , was snapped up from Bactero Sassana. Alongside the youngsters, Asante Kotoko have also signed some experienced hands to balance the squad equation. Richmond Lamptey joined Kotoko from relegated Inter Allies with central defender, Maxwell Agyemang joining from Wamanafo Mighty Royals. Asante Kotoko made a double swoop for Medeama duo, Richard Boadu, midfielder and right-wing back, Samuel Appiah. The Porcupine Warriors don’t look like done with their signings as they keep combing the transfer market for more materials to support Prosper Narteh Ogum restructure the club.
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