When a football club finally settles on a new head coach, it becomes an extremely refreshing news as the technical department of a club is very important. The club we shall place our spotlight on is Ghana Premier League side, Kumasi Asante Kotoko. The Porcupine Warriors were lucky not to have lost their earlier in a season or mid-way through but during off season. They have them quickly moved to seal that leakage before it becomes hazardous.
Asante Kotoko brought in former Black Stars coach, Mariano Baretto to help them win the 2020/21 Ghana Premier league and the MTN FA Cup. The project could not see the light of day as Asante Kotoko failed to win the league and the FA Cup. What the story meant was the Porcupine Warriors went a whole season without a trophy which is most unlikely to happen to Asante Kotoko. The professional relationship between Asante Kotoko and Mariano Baretto came to an end as the Portuguese trainer decided on a contact termination with Asante Kotoko. Baretto left for his native Portugal after the league ended and never returned to coach the Porcupine Warriors.
Asante Kotoko is no doubt a big football club in Africa and they have recently made some massive recruitment to strengthen their squad for the 2021/22 Ghana domestic season. Kotoko will want to avoid the mistakes of last season where they missed out on the the league title to sworn rivals, Accra Hearts of Oak. Kotoko made 57 points placing second with Hearts of Oak garnering 61 points to win the title. Asante Kotoko rue those moments and will not like that to repeat itself next season as they seek to extend their title to 25 times. Asante Kotoko hold 24 titles and have nine FA Cup titles, two behind their bitter rivals, Accra Hearts of Oak.
Asante Kotoko brought in rated central defender, Maxwell Kofi Agyemang from Division One League side, Wamanafo Mighty Royals. Maxwell played an important part for Wamanafo Mighty Royals in last season’s Division One Zone I League. The 20-year-old scored three goals, gave three assists in 30 matches last season. Asante Kotoko also roped in from the relegated Inter Allies. The lanky midfielder joined the Porcupine Warriors in a 3-year deal. Lamptey was the shining star for Inter Allies who were relegated from the 2020/21 Ghana Premier League after placing bottom of the standings with 26 points.
Just maybe the messiah has come to save Asante Kotoko from their situation. Asante Kotoko brought in former West Africa Football Academy head coach, Prosper Narteh Ogum. The trained teacher who lectures at the University of Cape Coast, joined the Porcupine Warriors in a 2-year deal. He has officially began work and has vowed to make the club great again.
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