Sunday, October 11, 2009


Kumasi Asante Kotoko at the weekend took two significant decisions aimed at propelling the club for a good showing in the coming local and Africa competitions.
In one case, Kotoko settled on Paa Kwesi Fabin as head coach, and in the other signed on former Ghanaian international, Baffour Gyan, on a year’s contract.
Paa Kwesi, who is the technical head of Kpando Heart of Lions, takes over from Herbert Addo who decided to call it quits from Kotoko after his earlier healthy relations with the club turned frosty.
The Heart of Lions coach was expected to append his signature to a three-year contract with Asante Kotoko today.
As of press time, the coach was meeting with management to iron out the final stages of his contract believed to be the biggest for any local coach in the club’s history.
Alhaji Ali Maradona, a management member, would not give details of the amount involved but said it was a reasonable offer.
He told the Graphic Sports: “We have almost completed everything with the coach and by the close of work today he will append his signature to a three-year contract”.
Paa Kwesi, who was once an assistant coach of Kotoko, has risen to become one of the most respected local coaches in recent times.
His brilliant delivery at Heart of Lions has been the envy of all and Kotoko believe he has the wherewithal to help change the fortunes of the club.
Asante Kotoko are billed to play in the Africa Champions League next season and management ia doing everything possible to get a technical brain with the capacity to guard the team to a successful season.
Alhaji Ali said management took into consideration the coach’s disciplinary record and his ability to deliver even at odd times before settling on him.
In the other move, Baffour Gyan, who has decided to relaunch his career at home settled on Asante Kotoko. Alhaji Ali said the player agreed to join Kotoko “free of charge. He took nothing from us before joining the club”, the management member said.
Baffour’s playing days abroad had taken a nosedive in recent times but he is confident that Kotoko will offer him the platform to hit back on the international scene.

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