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Jerome Otchere writes: Welcome, Coach Seydou Zerbo

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Former Asante Kotoko coach, Dr Prosper Narteh Ogum, with the backing of the Board and Management, regardless of any pitfalls he had, distinguished himself. He took the path of some first-time Kotoko coaches to win the Ghana Premier League (GPL) with historic victories that wrapped the hearts of many Kotoko fans in joyfulness. 

New trainer Seydou Zerbo would not alone continue from where Ogum left but also write his history, hopefully, in indelible, fabulous ink. Anxiousness and disappointment filled supporters’ rank when Ogum quit. That disappointing news notwithstanding, there was every need to patiently wait for the naming of a new coach. 

With Ogum’s thanksgiving note arriving last week, it was inevitable that this week would birth his replacement, especially as the pre-season work enters the final lap. The team heads to Sudan, not Turkey, as earlier announced, chiefly because of complications with securing necessary travel documents to the European country. 

Sudan is equally good as it brings memories of the club’s trip to the North African state 14 years ago when there was a similar pre-season visit, which preceded our 2007/08 season league title triumph. It’s expected that all goes well and that our return would usher Coach Zerbo and his charges into a blissful season. 

A season where we would survive the usual odds, battle familiar foes to reaffirm our status as the best. A season where our sojourn in Africa would be prolonged, seeing us represent Ghana well in the CAF Champions League. A season in which fans would contribute meaningfully to every good work. A season where coaches and players would perform to achieve their targets.  

I welcome 59-year-old Coach Zerbo with the conviction that he’s here to add to our successes. The former Stallions coach might find this terrain new but not so different from his native Burkina Faso. He’s in the sub region. He must feel at home and deliver to satisfaction. As a former RC Kadiogo coach, our opponent in next month’s CAF Champions League qulifier, his coming is opportune.

Those who fear the language barrier shouldn’t be too apprehensive because no matter what, football has its distinct language. In fact, where necessary, Management would know how to mitigate English handicap he may have. We should be pleased that he’s French, and combined with any amount of English he speaks, neither our French players nor home-based players would be alienated.

It’s hoped that his knowledge and experience would impact the team, and results on the pitch would vindicate Management’s decision. Meanwhile, we must be reminded of this: For all football teams, big changes in the playing body and the technical team have their advantages, and they’ve their downsides too.

Whichever of the attendant developments associated with changing and chopping teams we expereince, and the time, exercising patience and rendering maximum support, will always be important. Let’s throw our weight behind the new coach and the team as we expect the best from everyone.

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GFA fines Kotoko GHC 80k for property destruction at Dr Kwame Kyei Complex

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The inquiry by the Disciplinary Committee revealed a 'breach of Article 16(c) and Article 16(2)(f) of the GFA Disciplinary Code 2019.' As a result, Asante Kotoko has been fined heavily, and the money will be given to Nations FC to compensate for the damages caused by the alleged Kotoko fans. Meanwhile, Kotoko returned to winning ways on Sunday, defeating Medeama SC at the Baba Yara Stadium due to Sherif Mohammed's penalty kick in the 60th minute.

Asante Kotoko is facing a GHC 80,000 fine from the Ghana Football Association’s Disciplinary Committee for their disruptive behaviour during a match against Nations FC.

The disciplinary punishment is the result of actions that occurred during their matchday 6 match at the Dr Kwame Kyei Sports Complex.

Dissatisfied with a penalty call by the referee in the last stages of the game, a group of irate supporters resorted to violent behaviour. In protest, chairs were allegedly smashed, and items were hurled into the pitch. Despite the fact that the game ended in a 2-2 tie, supporters proceeded to vent their rage by destroying artefacts at the stadium.

The inquiry by the Disciplinary Committee revealed a ‘breach of Article 16(c) and Article 16(2)(f) of the GFA Disciplinary Code 2019.’ As a result, Asante Kotoko has been fined heavily, and the money will be given to Nations FC to compensate for the damages caused by the alleged Kotoko fans.

Meanwhile, Kotoko returned to winning ways on Sunday, defeating Medeama SC at the Baba Yara Stadium due to Sherif Mohammed’s penalty kick in the 60th minute.

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Hearts of Oak to play home games in Kumasi following the closure of Accra Sports Stadium

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The temporary location change was caused by the Accra Sports Stadium, which was overseen by event organisers for the Christmas festivities. Alhaji Brimah Moro Akambi, a Hearts of Oak Board Member, confirmed the decision, indicating that the Phobians will play their home games at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium for the rest of the year. However, beginning in 2023, the club is open to evaluating alternative locations.

According to Onua Sports, Hearts of Oak have opted to transfer their home games to the Baba Yara Sports Stadium following the shutdown of the Accra Sports Stadium due to scheduled Christmas celebrations.

The highly anticipated Ghana Premier League match between Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko, which was originally scheduled for Accra on December 8, will now be played in Kumasi, with Hearts of Oak designated as the home team.

The temporary location change was caused by the Accra Sports Stadium, which was overseen by event organisers for the Christmas festivities. Alhaji Brimah Moro Akambi, a Hearts of Oak Board Member, confirmed the decision, indicating that the Phobians will play their home games at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium for the rest of the year. However, beginning in 2023, the club is open to evaluating alternative locations.

Hearts of Oak are currently 14th in the league rankings with 12 points. Following the resignation of coach Martinus Koopman, assistant Abdul Rahim Bashiru has been named to handle the squad until a permanent replacement is found.

On Tuesday, they meet the Accra Lions, looking to get back on track after three straight draws.

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Maxwell Konadu released from hospital

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Meanwhile, the Ghana Police Service has announced the arrest of one individual engaged in Maxwell Konadu's attack and beating. The police are also on the lookout for another suspect who is presently on the run. The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has banned the Sunyani Coronation Park, which serves as Bofoakwa Tano's home stadium. Meanwhile, in the matchday 12 games this weekend at Nana Kronmansah Park, Nsoatreman FC will host Heart of Lions.

Maxwell Konadu, the head coach of Nsoatreman FC, has been released from the hospital following an attack by Bofoakwa Tano fans.

The incident occurred on Sunday, following Nsoatreman FC’s 1-1 tie with Bofoakwa Tano in Week 11 of the 2023/24 Ghana Premier League season.

Konadu was rendered unconscious during the assault and was taken to Sunyani Teaching Hospital.

According to a club release, the former Black Stars assistant coach has been fired.

“Our coach Maxwell Konadu has been discharged from the hospital. We thank everyone who said a prayer for our coach during these difficult moments. Efiri Tete Amanaso,” a statement from Nsoatreman FC said on Monday evening.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Police Service has announced the arrest of one individual engaged in Maxwell Konadu’s attack and beating.

The police are also on the lookout for another suspect who is presently on the run.

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has banned the Sunyani Coronation Park, which serves as Bofoakwa Tano’s home stadium.

Meanwhile, in the matchday 12 games this weekend at Nana Kronmansah Park, Nsoatreman FC will host Heart of Lions.

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