Kotoko CEO confirms decision to cancel Baretto’s contract; tight-lipped on Kwesi Appiah’s return as coach

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The Porcupine Warriors chief says he can’t confirm or deny the growing reports that they will appoint the former Black Stars coach to replace Mariano Baretto

Asante Kotoko chief executive officer Nana Yaw Amponsah has refused to shed light on growing reports that former Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah could be named as the new coach of the club.

The Porcupine Warriors are on the brink of mutually terminating the contract they signed with Portuguese coach Mariano Baretto following a reported clash of of egos.

Baretto publicly chastised Kotoko’s ways of doing things and even insisted the club is only big by name since they lack several basic infrastructures to help players and coaches achieve success.

“I can’t confirm or deny. I don’t want to go into that but if at any point in time Kwesi Appiah wants to come to Kotoko, the doors are opened,” Amponsah told Starr FM.

“I didn’t hear the coach [Mariano Baretto] say the team was indisciplined and if at some point there was some indiscipline, that’s why we brought him in. Management and the board are discussing whether the coach should stay or not and we will conclude on that soon.

“I still think that our team was the best despite all that we’ve been through. We have the biggest fanbase in Ghana. Our fanbase is bigger than even Hearts of Oak,” he added.

Aside Kwesi Appiah who has been linked with Kotoko, WAFA head coach Prosper Ogum Narteh is one of the coaches who may take over from Baretto after reports suggest that he has even met the club’s top hierarchy to present to them his philosophies and targets as a coach.

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