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As a player the coach has a lot of work to do this season for Asante Kotoko team

It has become a normal routine and attitude of the Ghanaian clubs to know that match winning is not a favorable chance to give the coach hope. The coming of the new gaffer has push a lot of the players from the goalkeeping department to the bench all forcing to put up their best performance in any friendly that come their way. But it is seen that any time there will be a new coach not only Kotoko but a lot of clubs in Ghana will change and make the team look good by winning a lot matches and later on they will start declining. The 64-year-old becomes the fourth man to coach Kotoko this season after Maxwell Konadu was sacked and Johnson Smith handled the team on an interim basis at some point. Barreto coached Ghana’s national team from 2003 to 2004, before going on to manage Maritimo, Al Nassr FC and AEL Limassol, among other clubs. He was also the man in charge when Ghana’s U-23 team, the Black Meteors, played at the 2004 Olympics Games. The last team he handled was Lithuanian side Stumbras from 2016 to 2018, while he managed Ethiopia between 2014 and 2015. The Portuguese has arrived safely in Ghana to replace Maxwell Konadu who was dismissed in December 2020. Abdul Gazele and Johnson Smith took over on interim basis.

An official introduction of the coach to the players is expected to be made by club CEO, Nana Yaw Amponsah and Administrative manager, Emmanuel Newton Dasoberi who are all at the Adako Jachie facilities. Baretto will lead his charges in the second round of the 2020/21 league season and will attempt to clinch the title as the team lies 4th on the log with 27 points after 16 games and an outstanding match against Bechem United. The coach returns to Ghana football almost 15 years after abandoning the national team midway into the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers for Portuguese topflight side Maritimo. During his time in Ghana he led the Black Meteors to the first round of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

Apart from managing the Ethiopian national team from 2014 to 2015, Barreto has handled other topflight clubs, including Recreativo do Libolo of Angola (2009–2011), Al-Qadisiyah of Saudi Arabia (2011–2013), Kuban Krasnodar of Russia and FC Stumbras of Lithuania. The Ghana Premier League powerhouse on Friday, March 26th announced the appointment of former Black Stars coach, Barreto as the new head coach of the club ahead of the second half of the season.

It is however clear that the coach would have started work long before the team cries for his help. It is amazing and long over due but the Covid 19 has placed restrictions on the people coming to Ghana as immigrants to go under compulsory self isolation. The coach is however ready to do the work to perfection by ensuring that, they establish good rapport and find out the best for the team. He started playing a lot of friendly matches to strengthen his team and put a better performance. The Portuguese manager arrived in Kumasi on Saturday and were at the Adako Jachie Training ground where the club played in a friendly game against Rainbow Stars. The Porcupine Warriors emerged as 3-1 winners.Patrick Asmah, Augustine Okrah and newly signed striker Andy Kumi scored the goals for the club.

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