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  • Ghana Premier League 2015/16 top-four side, Accra Hearts of Oak, have set their focus on signing Godfred Kwadwo Asamoah of Division One side Heart of Lions.

    The 19 year old 5ft 6 inches tall left back and attacking midfielder played 30 out of 30 matches for the Kpando based Lions club who will be spending year two in the Division One league after coming up short in the just ended Division one, Zone three league. He scored 3 goals, assisted with the scoring of 4 and won 5 Most Valuable Player awards in the course of the season. He is an adept left footed player, very aggressive and strong on the ball, with accurate passing skills and fairly capable in front of goal. The Phobians are hoping that his creative skills will boost their defense, midfield as well as create goal scoring opportunities upfront.

    The ‘Rainbow Club’ has denied recent media reports of Inter-Allies’ free-kick goal scoring specialist Gockel Ahortor. The club’s search for a permanent coach to take over following the canning of fan favorite coach – Kenichi Yatsuhashi and the unsuccessful tenure of Sergio Traguil also continues with many fans waiting on the sidelines to see who gets the eventual nod for the job.

    Newly promoted Division One side, Elmina Sharks, are looking to strengthen the squad that earned them promotion to tier-one soccer and have reportedly signed Liberty Professionals forward Felix Addo and shot stopper Francis Arthur to 3year deals. Free agent Anthony Yerful who last played for AshantiGold has also joined the Elmina based side.

    Meanwhile, work on upgrading the pitch to an artificial surface at the Sharks home base - The Nduom Sports Stadium in Elmina, Cape Coast - has commenced with more promises and changes in the pipeline by the team’s owner and financier – Dr Paa Kwesi Nduom – as he looks to strengthen the various units of the team to ensure his team’s permanent stay in the elite division.

    New signings and acquisitions this off-season has started slowly for most clubs but an uptick in activity is expected as teams look to prepare for the new season.

    Bolga All Stars, Elmina Sharks and Accra Great Olympics are this year’s new entrants to the Premier League division.

  • A post on Twitter by the club’s official handle on Friday, May 11, 2018, read in part:

    Ghana Premier League side, Kumasi Asante Kotoko, has formally announced the mutual termination of contracts between the club and three of its players.

  • According to several reports, officials of Sharks said they would petition the Ghana Football Association (GFA) about the incident.

    The Ghana Premier League Match Day 08 midweek clash between Elmina Sharks and Medeama SC at the Nduom Stadium was abandoned yesterday at the halfway mark.

  • 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.

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