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Hearts of Oak has completed the signing of three Asekem FC players

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Hearts of Oak has completed the signing of three Asekem FC players

Hearts of Oak are continuing their rebuilding efforts by signing three players from Asekem Football Club (FC), an Access Bank Division One outfit.

Hearts of Oak are aggressively attempting to rebuild after a difficult 2022–23 football season in which they just avoided relegation by finishing 12th in the league standings by a two-point margin. Not only did they fail to regain the MTN FA Cup, but they also performed poorly in the CAF Confederation Cup, leaving in the second round of qualifying following a loss to AS Real Bamako of Mali.

The club’s newly constituted technical team has successfully recruited the services of three players from Asekem FC, a team fighting in Division One Zone One, to spearhead this rebuilding phase. Raphael Amponsah, Evans Adomako, and Martin Karikari, all of whom have signed long-term contracts with Hearts of Oak, make up the trio.

These players were vital for Asekem FC the previous season, helping them finish seventh in the Division One Zone 2 league rankings for the 2022–23 season. Martin Karikari, in particular, emerged as the team’s leading scorer, with an amazing 12 goals.

Raphael Amponsah, Evans Adomako, and Martin Karikari have now been inked and have effortlessly incorporated themselves into the club’s training sessions as they prepare for the forthcoming 2023–24 football season. Following the arrivals of Kelvin Osei Asibey from Eleven Wonders and Liventus Arthur from Tamale City, these three signings are the most recent additions to the squad during this transfer window.

As the new season approaches, Hearts of Oak will kick off its campaign against Real Tamale United (RTU) on Sunday, September 17, 2023.

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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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