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  • Manuel Zacharias, coach of Ghana Premier League side, Bechem United, has indicated that he may not be available for the club come next season.
     
    Manuel Zacharias guided Bechem United to their first ever MTN FA Cup this year and also orchestrated the club’s rise from the relegation zone midway through the just ended PL season to the seventh spot.

    He made the confirmation to Graphic Sports recently, saying he is still weighing his options and could therefore not tell whether he would still manage the FA Cup champions next season.

    “I don’t know whether I will still be at Bechem or not next season but if I get any good offer from any club I am ready to leave,” he stated. He also said he wanted visit his family back home and is unsure of his return.

    He has one more year left on his contract with Bechem Utd, and could not give a cogent reason for wanting to leave the club he helped to elevate and why he wants to leave a place where he seems very much beloved by the community.

    Sources close to the club however hinted that his Guinean girlfriend wasn’t too comfortable with life in the countryside (Bechem, Brong Ahafo Region) and was therefore putting pressure on the coach to look for a club in the city to enable them to relocate.

    “That is why he is forcing to come to Accra Hearts of Oak just to enable him to stay in the city and please his girlfriend who feels disgusted by life in the village,” the source noted.

    But the CEO of the club, Kwasi Darlyn, insisted that Zacharias was still the coach of Bechem United but they were ready to allow him to go once he expresses the desire to leave.

    He added that the club had not taken any decision to fire Coach Zacharias but if he decides to part ways with the club they would not put any impediment in his way.

    Kumasi Asante Kotoko have indicated that veteran midfielder Stephen Oduro remains a crucial part of their plans for the upcoming season, but they failed to define what his exact role with the club will be.

    The response from the club comes in the wake of Oduro’s revelation on Kumasi based Fox FM that interim coach Michael Osei had informed him via a phone conversation that his services would not be needed by the club in the upcoming season.

    The statement from the club read:

    ''The attention of Asante Kotoko Sporting Club has been drawn to comments made by midfielder, Stephen Oduro during an interview with a Kumasi based radio station.

    ''Management, is by this press release attesting to the fact that, players of Stephen Oduro's calibre, who have displayed absolute dedication to local clubs are a rare commodity in Ghana football these days.

    ''That explains the reason this particular management brought him back to the club when we assumed office three seasons ago. For the avoidance of doubt, management states categorically that, we have not arrived at a definite decision on the future of Stephen Oduro whose contract has expired.

    ''We wish to add that, management and the technical team will engage the midfielder in every step of the way in discussing his future at Kotoko so that, Stephen Oduro and Kotoko benefit mutually. Accusations and counter accusations in public is certainly not the way to go.''

    The Porcupine Warriors have meanwhile rescheduled the start of pre-season activities to 24 October following a management and technical team review. The club had earlier set 12th October as the start date to give them ample time to prepare for next month’s G6 Tournament.

    ''They are now coming back to training on October 24, 2016,'' Kotoko Communication Manager Kwaku Ahenkorah said.

    ''The purpose of the team's return to training at this time hasn’t changed. It’s to ensure that they prepare and stay in shape for the G-6 which kicks off on November 5, 2016.''


    Abena Alice with news wires


  • Multiple reports from the camp of Kumasi Asante Kotoko seem to indicate that interim Head Coach of the club – Michael Osei – may have his job on the line as the Porcupine Warriors look to rediscover their former glory under newly appointed Executive Chairman, Dr. Kwame Kyei.

    Dr. Kwame Kyei, a respected businessman was recently appointed to a three year term by His Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, owner and life patron of the club and has been tasked with reshaping the club’s administrative structure and infusing professionalism and competence into all facets of the club’s operation.

    In the wake of his appointment, a massive reorganization exercise is expected to hit the club just before the start of the 2016/17 Premier League season as he looks to appoint his own trusted lieutenants who can get the job done.

    "I want to develop this club to a high level" he told supporters in Kumasi on Monday.

    "I’ve a lot in store for you. You will all marvel at what is to come. I don’t want to reveal all of them but I promise, you will feel proud being here if everything goes as planned"

    And the interim head coach of the club could well be a victim as the new management looks to permanently fill the head coaching position following the failure of the last administration to show their full confidence in Michael Osei by offering him the job after the axing of then Head Coach, David Duncan, who had a torrid start to the 2015/16 PL season.

    Michael Osei, who has a wealth of coaching experience and strong ties with the club as a former player led Kotoko to a fifth placed finish with a record of 1 win, 1 loss and 3 ties to close out the last five games of the season.

    Meanwhile, Michael Osei is guiding the team through the pre-season and has gotten his side off to a good start - a 3-0 win over Bechem Utd - in the ongoing GHALCA 6 (G6) tournament featuring the top six PL teams from last season.

    In a related development to the vacant Head Coaching job at Asante Kotoko, multiple media houses have reported that the team is looking to fill the spot with an ideal expatriate coach who has the technical competence to man the team’s activities on and off the field of play.

    According to information in the Ghanaian media, the Kumasi based club are looking at expatriate coaches who they see as idle and capable of directing the club technically. In line with this, the team has reportedly contacted Danish trainer Tommy Moller Nielsen over the probability of taking over from Michael Osei.

    The new kotoko management has allegedly been in touch with him and he is expected to be in the country before the end of this month to sign on with the club.

    Unconfirmed reports also have it that, the former three-season tenured Rangers FC first team Coach was in Kumasi last year under the sponsorship of Dr. Kwaku Frimpong, a major backer and financier of the club.

    The Danish trainer recently signed up as the Scandinavian scout for Manchester United’s current Boss, Jose Mourinho. His last managerial position was with HB Koge following his succession to Aurelijus Skarbalius in October of 2011 but was relieved of the position in September 2012 following a disastrous start to the 2012-13 season.

    Michael Osei’s stay at the club as an assistant given his experience and work with the players is a possibility.

    For now, proceedings at the club are expected to be fluid as Dr. Kyei begins work on constituting his new administrative and technical staff.

  • Klavs Rasmussen, who was appointed Head Coach in November of 2016 guided the Academy Lads to a second place finish last year.

    West African Football Academy Sporting Club (WAFA SC) have parted ways with their Danish Head Coach, Klavs Rasmussen.

  • A tantalizing clash between old regional foes, who for now look to be headed in different directions although both were losers this past weekend:

    There won’t be much rest for the weary nor enough time for struggling teams to mull things over in the Ghana Premier League as Week Three beckons this midweek with loads of excitement on the schedule, as Accra Hearts of Oak look to turn their season around as guests of Ebusua Dwarfs, and Champions Aduana Stars clash with runner-ups from last year, WAFA.

  • Asante Kotoko fell behind in the chase following a dramatic last minute defeat at the hands of Medeama SC, newbies Eleven Wonders stunned Bechem United at home,...

     With the match between Hearts of Oak and Ebusua Dwarfs scheduled for tomorrow and the match between B. Chelsea and Elmina Sharks postponed, Ghana Premier League leaders, AshantiGold, retained their 2points advantage at the top with a win over Karela FC, and WAFA kept the chase close with their first ever win over defending champions, Aduana Stars.

  • Coach Henry Lamptey Wellington and his squad, will have the chance to see how far off they flung the proverbial monkey off their backs, as they host a talented and undefeated pesky Dreams FC side that handed them...

    So far, it’s been six days of grueling action, surprises, and excitement for the nation’s Premier League teams, and their teeming fans between Match Day 02 and 03. The exhilaration will definitely go up a notch this weekend, as the physical and mental toughness of the players is put under stress, on just about four days or so of rest with a lot on the line.

  • On Sunday, Aduana Stars Yahaya Mohammed scored the first hat-trick of the season, as his side run rampant over a 10-man Inter Allies with half a dozen goals, Karela FC won their first ever Ghana Premier League...

     Match day 04 of the ongoing Ghana Premier League concluded with a couple of interesting firsts of the season. Leaders, AshantiGold, saw their three-game winning run come to an end, and Elmina Sharks finally defeated WAFA to end their winless start to the season, as well as their two straight game losing run to the Academy Lads, dating back to last season.

  • A maiden encounter between two talented sides that have so far played very well with Karela FC allowing just a goal on the road per game and Dreams FC scoring just a goal per game at home.

     Match Day 05 of the Ghana Premier League will come on as scheduled this weekend with some exciting fixtures as unbeaten AshantiGold collide with Asante Kotoko in the Ashanti Derby with the summit on the line and Berekum Chelsea take on a rejuvenated Hearts of Oak side with hopes of grabbing their first win of the season.

  • But there were winners on Sunday, as unbeaten Premier League leaders AshantiGold shut out Asante Kotoko by two goals to nothing, and Berekum Chelsea handed Accra Hearts of Oak a 3-0 beat down for their first win of the season.

    Match Day 05 of the Ghana Premier League got underway yesterday without any winners as Wa All Stars and Elmina Sharks played to a 1-1 tie in the first match of the day. Ebusua Dwarfs and Bechem United also replicated the scoreline in the second match of the day, all at Obuasi’s Len Clay Stadium.

  • On the other hand, having tasted victory finally, this past Sunday, in their 2-0 shutout win over Eleven Wonders, it will be up Liberty’s Coach, Reginald Asante Boateng, to let that and their desperation to vacate the cellar buoy them up to victory.

    Following a very stunning Week 05 that saw traditional giants, Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko, succumb to their second defeat of the very young season, AshGold strengthen their grip at the helm, and Liberty Professionals win for the first time this season on their fourth attempt, Week 06 of the Ghana Premier League which comes on this midweek promises to be very interesting with some tricky fixtures on the schedule.

  • Interestingly, the 7th placed Sharks on 8points, who have a game in hand are riding an impressive four-game unbeaten streak (2 wins and 2 ties), with their only loss being a lone goal road loss to Dreams FC on opening day.

    Week 07 of the Ghana Premier League will come on this Saturday and Sunday with several attention-grabbing fixtures on the schedule and some must win matches for several hosts.

  • Surging Elmina Sharks produced an impressive first-half performance to beat Accra Hearts of Oak by two goals to one, as Coach Wellington suffered his third defeat as Hearts manager.

    With five matches set for tomorrow, Elmina Sharks continued their impressive run with a comfortable 2-1 win over Accra Hearts of Oak on Saturday. And in the late match of the day, also at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium, Medeama edged visiting Inter Allies by a lone goal.

  • With just a win on the road that incidentally came against Dwarfs at their adopted home of Cape Coast, the Rainbow Club’s road show does not exude much fear, as shown by a 1-1 tie against Eleven Wonders and a 3-0 thrashing at Bechem Chelsea.

    The Ghana Premier League will cross the halfway mark of the first round this midweek with traditional giants Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko still searching for a consistent winning formula and hoping to avoid back to back losses as they come up against an energetic Karela FC side and a wobbly B. Chelsea side in that order.

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