Exclusive: Asante Kotoko close in on C.K Akonnor to replace Prosper Ogum as new coach

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The Porcupine Warriors will likely re-engage their former coach following the resignation of Prosper Ogum Narteh and hope that he will be able to lead the team to glory next season

Former Ghana coach C.K Akonnor will likely travel to Kumasi in the coming days to complete his appointment as Asante Kotoko’s new manager, AshesGyamera.com can report.

The former Ashanti Gold and Hearts of Oak head coach will replace Prosper Ogum Narteh at Baba Yara Sports Stadium and hopes to lead the club to glory in the upcoming season.

Ogum opted to call it a quit on Wednesday following a crunch meeting with Kotoko’s top hierarchy where he insisted that he wasn’t happy with the decision to sell some key players and also suggested that ten players must be offloaded while 17 new ones come in.

“During the meeting with the board to discuss his report to the management, there was a disagreement over his request to sack 10 players and recruit 17 new players, including four centre-backs,” explained Emmanuel Newton Dasoberi, the Administration and Operations Manager of Kotoko.

“It was at the point when some members of the board questioned the justification of some of his requests that Coach Prosper Ogum said he had a two-year contract but wanted to move on with his life, so the club must look for a new coach.

“The coach has not formally written to the club about his resignation, but even when some members tried to persuade him to change his mind, his response was that his decision was final,” Dasoberi added.

Meanwhile, Akonnor will likely sign an 18-month contract, with the option for a further year, if Kotoko’s board agrees to management’s choice, and he will be back in coaching after his sack from Ghana’s national team.

Akonnor led Kotoko to the group stage of the Caf Confederation Cup in 2019.

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