Friday, July 16, 2010

Towards reclaiming their status..HEARTS, KOTOKO STORM MARKET (LEAD STORY, GRAPHIC SPORTS, JULY 16, 2010)

KPANDO Hearts of Lions’ striker, Kofi Nti Boakye, and teamate, defender John Kuffuor are on their way to Kumasi Asante Kotoko as the Porcupine Warriors enter the recruitment market in full force.
Coach Ebo Mends and the club board are determined to build a winsome team for the upcoming season and are thus on the path to romp into their fold some quality materials to beef up the current squad.
Upon the recommendations of coach Ebo Mends, they are in the process of completing the signing of five players from Heart of Lions and Berekum Arsenals.
From the camp of Heart of Lions come Kofi Nti Boakye and John Kuffuor, while Arsenals’ Ohene Brenya, Bruce and Amoah are also on their way to Kumasi.
Already, the five players have completed their medicals and management are awaiting the results to proceed with the final stage of their registration.
The former champions are also expecting two strikers from Cameroun any moment from now for justifiers.
Communications Director of Asante Kotoko, Jarvis Peprah, told the Graphic Sports today that, it was very important to take the professional lines by awaiting the results of the medical examinations as that would determine the final conclusion of the negotiations for the release of the players.
“We are determined to get the best this season and we are working hard at that,” Mr Peprah said.
Nti Boakye, junior brother of former international, Isaac Boakye, has been a striking force in the local league for the past three seasons and Kotoko believe his inclusion could address the shortfalls in the attacking department of the team.
For John Kuffuor, his abilities as an emerging central defensive pillar have not been in doubt.
He was a key in Heart of Lions’ rear and his inclusion in Kotoko have been seen as one of the best things to happen to the club at a time the former champions are trying to get back to winning ways.
The three players from Arsenals, Brenya, a midfielder, and Amoah and Bruce, both defenders worked under Ebo Mends last year when he coached the Berekum based side.
Arch rivals Accra Hearts of Oak appear to have made a major catch from the camp of Heart of Lion. They seem to have a firm grip on the club’s top striker Ibrahim Tanko and are on the hunt for Wise player maker Abdul Bashiru.
According to sources close to the Phobian camp, newly appointed Coach Paa Kwesi Fabin on whose recommendations that the two players are being signed is now confronted with a huge task of looking for replacement for the club’s most potent forces, Mahatma Otoo and Samuel Afum whose partnership sustained the club last season.
Otoo is currently linked to a possible move to Israeli side Happoe Tel Aviv, while Afum is on his way to Ismailia of Egypt.
Whilst Tanko who scored some important goals for the Kpando-based side is almost set to play for the Phobians next season, Bashiru, a brilliant offensive player who is a member of the local Black Stars is a target of about 12 clubs.
Bashiru returned from a Belgium where attempts by premier side, Gent to sign him failed following a disagreement with the management of the player.
Meanwhile Ashgold have succeded in foiling Hearts bid for Olympics midfielder Malik Akowuah. Chief Executive Officer of Ashgold, Mr. Kudjoe Fianoo, the player has been signed on by the miners together with Kessben star Ransford Kudjoe.