Premier League giant, Kumasi Asante Kotoko, has announced Portuguese trainer, Mariano Barretto, as the new head coach.
Barretto comes in to replace interim managers, Abdul Gazele and Johnson Smith.
Kotoko made the announcement on their official website as Barretto arrived in Accra to begin work with the Kumasi Based side.
His contract is a renewable one-and-a-half-year contract with immediate effect.
The 64-year-old took charge of the Ghanaian national team from February 2004 to September 2006 where he started the 2006 World Cup qualifications campaign.
Barreto has also coached the Ethiopia national team between April 2014 and March 2015.
The last team was Lithuanian giants, FC Stumbras, and has handled several other clubs in Europe and in the Asia.
“Coach Barreto is an experienced gaffer and we hope his stay with us will push Asante Kotoko to the next level,” said Kotoko’s Acting Communications Manager, David Urban, about the expected impact of their new head coach.
He becomes the 10th coach to take charge of the two-time African champions since the club parted ways with Michael Osei in 2015.
Following the appointment of Barreto, Kotoko’s team’s technical team was restructured with the appointment of a Portuguese assistant coach and video analyst, Miguel Bruno, and a physical trainer and injury prevention coach, Pedro Manuel.
Abdulai Gazale, who was appointed head coach only last month, now becomes an assistant coach and youth team coach alongside former caretaker coach, Johnson Smith.
Issah Najahu remains an assistant coach and goalkeeper’s trainer.
Story by: Kwesi Ewusie Nunoo | universnewsroom.com