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Mukwala’s brace enough to silence Hearts in Kumasi

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The Reds took the lead as Richmond Ayi split a shot into the path of Mukwala, who made no mistake from close range to put his team ahead. The Accra-based team objected about the build-up to the goal, claiming offside, but the referee and his assistant were unconvinced. Mukwala completed his hat-trick 15 minutes from time as he chased down a through ball from Richmond Lamptey, forcing the Hearts defenders into a mistake that allowed the former to send the ball into an empty net to extend Kotoko's advantage. Hearts got a goal back in extended time, but it wasn't enough to save a point as Kotoko took all three points.

Steven Mukwala scored twice in the Super Clash as Asante Kotoko came from behind to defeat Hearts of Oak on Sunday.

The Porcupine Warriors were the main attraction at the Baba Yara Stadium on matchday 14 of the 2023/24 Ghana Premier League.

Linda Mtange gave the Phobians the lead after 39 minutes in Kumasi, but their joy was short-lived as Isaac Oppong answered with a stunning goal to bring Kotoko level before the interval.

Prosper Narteh Ogum’s squad came from the break as the better team, putting pressure on the home team.

The Reds took the lead as Richmond Ayi split a shot into the path of Mukwala, who made no mistake from close range to put his team ahead.

The Accra-based team objected to the build-up to the goal, claiming offside, but the referee and his assistant were unconvinced.

Mukwala completed his hat-trick 15 minutes from time as he chased down a through ball from Richmond Lamptey, forcing the Hearts defenders into a mistake that allowed the former to send the ball into an empty net to extend Kotoko’s advantage.

Hearts got a goal back in extended time, but it wasn’t enough to save a point as Kotoko took all three points.

With the win over Hearts of Oak, Kotoko has now won their previous four Premier League games, scoring eight goals in that time.

As a result of the victory, Asante Kotoko now sits in seventh place with 22 points, while Hearts of Oak are in ninth place with 16 points.

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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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