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“Asante Kotoko players are delighted with Prosper Narteh Ogum’s return” – Ibrahim Danlad

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"Asante Kotoko players are delighted with Prosper Narteh Ogum's return" - Ibrahim Danlad

Danlad Ibrahim, Asante Kotoko’s custodian, expressed his delight at the return of Prosper Narteh Ogum as the club’s coach.

Ogum previously guided the Porcupines to their 24th Premier League title in 2021/22, but stepped down before the start of the next season. He remained unattached to any club after a brief time as Annor Walker’s assistant coach with the Black Satellites.

Unfortunately, Ogum’s successor, Seydou Zerbo, ran into problems with the squad and was fired midway through the season. This necessitated the hiring of a new coach.

However, following the fall of the club’s board and administration, Ogum has rejoined Asante Kotoko with the hope of making apologies for their disastrous 2022/23 season, in which they placed fourth.

The Porcupine Warriors also struggled in other competitions, falling out of the CAF Champions League in the first round and were knocked out of the FA Cup in the round of 32 after a close defeat to Aduana Stars.

As professionals, the players are dedicated to adhering to any coach’s concept and working together to achieve success. Danlad emphasised that if they win the league, the credit would not go entirely to the coach; the players’ contributions will also be recognised.

“Because we are professionals, we will follow the philosophy of any coach and collaborate in order to succeed.” If we win the league, I don’t think the coach will get all the glory; I think we’ll get a lot of credit as well.”

“Whether it’s Ogum or another coach, we’re ready to work.” For the time being, he has been appointed, and we welcome his return. We do recognise him since we’ve already collaborated. We know what he loves and hates, so we’ll do our best to adapt and perform well next season,” he told Kessben FM.

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Asante Kotoko terminates Fatawu Safiu’s contract due to medical failure

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Asante Kotoko SC has officially terminated Abdul Fatawu Safiu's contract due to medical reasons.

A club statement by Asante Kotoko on Monday evening indicates that Abdul Fatawu Safiu’s contract has been terminated due to medical reasons.

According to the Kumasi-based royal club, the former Al-Sinaa SC striker failed a mandatory medical assessment test as required by the Ghana Football Association, following the announcement of his signing on the registration deadline day.

The returnee striker who joined Kotoko from Eleven Wonders in November 2018, ahead of the 2018–19 CAF Confederation Cup campaign has been duly informed about the health-related issues which could rule him out for a long period.

Below is a full statement by Asante Kotoko

Asante Kotoko can confirm that it has relieved forward, Abdul Fatawu Safiu due to medical reasons.

Asante Kotoko entered into an employment contract with the player in order to meet registration deadlines as announced by the Ghana Football Association, and had to ensure that the player undergoes the pre-competition medical assessment which is the basic and compulsory requirement by the GFA.

This medical assessment was duly done awaiting further tests. The further assessment by the club’s medical team revealed other health related issues which could rule him out for a long period. The club, after being informed about the situation, concluded that continuing an employment contract with the player would not be of full benefit to both parties – the club and the player. Details of the specific medical condition have been clearly communicated to the player.

It is imperative to note that the GFA has rejected his registration, so keeping him would not be in the best interest of the club and the player, hence the decision to end the relationship.

The club wishes Abdul Fatawu Safiu the very best for the future and wish to assure him that he forever remains one of us, and he is welcome to serve in any capacity in the future.

Signed….

Management.

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Abdul Fatawu returns to Asante Kotoko on a two-year contract

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The forward stated on the club's website: "I am very excited about this opportunity," he stated with a laugh. "Everyone knows Kotoko is my favourite club, and as a kid, it was my dream to play for Kotoko and achieve that."

Abdul Fatawu Safiu has signed a deal with Kotoko until January 2026.

The NC’s special competition’s best player and top scorer in 2019 returns after spells with Trelleborgs FF and FC Trollhättan in Sweden.

Safiu made his debut for the Kumasi-based royal club in the 2018-2019 season, scoring thirteen goals in sixteen games, including some amazing strikes in the CAF Confederation Cup.

The return of the forward is part of Coach Prosper Narteh’s goal of returning to the CAF Champions League.

The forward stated on the club’s website:

“I am very excited about this opportunity,” he stated.

“Everyone knows Kotoko is my favourite club, and as a kid, it was my dream to play for Kotoko and achieve that.”

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Asante Kotoko announce signing of Emmanuel Kotei on a three-year deal

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"Kotoko is every player's dream, and mine has finally come true." "Having the opportunity to wear our colours means everything to me as a local boy." He informed the club's journalists.

Asante Kotoko have announced the acquisition of right-back Emmanuel Kotei on a three-year contract from Nsoatreman FC.

The 26-year-old brings Premier League experience from his time with Tamale City.

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The offensive full-back demonstrated his skill and promise while playing for Nsoatreman and Tamale City, appearing in 47 games for both teams since the start of the 2022/23 season.

Kotei, who has been on the club’s scouting team’s radar, is our first addition of the second transfer window.

During his unveiling, the Kumasi native couldn’t contain his joy.

“Kotoko is every player’s dream, and mine has finally come true.” “Having the opportunity to wear our colours means everything to me as a local boy.” He informed the club’s journalists.

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