Following the appointment of Charles K Akunnor as head coach of Asante Kotoko earlier this week, everyone at the club [both management and playing body] would be scrambling to put up their possible best in any capacity to make sure the team is in the best shape and form to achieve the ultimate target set by the club.
Domestic football may not be active in Ghana now but hints of its return means there is no time to waste as far as getting the right materials is concern.
According to multiple reports, C. K Akunnor is believed to have tabled some names to strengthen the squad to the fullest degree as the team gears up towards a new era.
Ghanacrusader.com gathers that Asante Kotoko are looking to acquire the services of 3 players from defending champions of the Ghana premier league, Aduana Stars.
Firstly, Elvis Opoku , who is one of the top midfielders in the country and has been one of Aduana Stars top performers over the past two seasons is one of the top three players targeted. With his qualities he’d definitely be a great addition to Akunnor’s team. The only problem is that Elvis Opoku could potentially be very expensive, so that could result in a long financial battle with Aduana Stars.But the big question remains, will Kotoko cough out any huge amount to secure the services of the player?
Next on the radar is winger Zakaria Mumuni who is undoubtedly a hot commodity in Ghana . He’s been heavily targeted by several clubs outside Ghana and the only challenge could be that the player may not fancy playing in the local league again.
The former WAFA SC player moved to Aduana Stars two seasons ago and has since been fantastic for the club. His exploits in this year’s CAF Champions league and Confederations cup attracted sides like ES Setif and other North African giants and that could possibly be another challenge for Kotoko in their bid to snap the skillful winger.
Zakaria is a dynamic player who would be a great addition to the Kotoko team but the presence of Emmanuel Gyamfi could also create problems for Coach C .K Akunnor in terms of selection. They’ve both got similar styles and one cannot afford to sit on the bench unless of course the coach would want to play the rotation game with them.
It will cost Kotoko a lot of money, but with a player of Zakaria Mumuni’s quality it is likely money that will be well worth spending by Asante Kotoko.
Last on the list is Sam Adams. Despite the red hot form of Burkinabe import Sogne Yacouba and the potentials of Frederick Boateng, Kotoko are believed to be targeting the Aduana Stars forward.
The 23-year-old has been a subject of intense bidding from Tanzanian giants Azam FC, Egyptian outfit Al Masry and South African side Baroka FC in recent times.
The forward impressed for the Ghana Premier League champions in the CAF Confederation Cup.
Should this deal go through Sam Adams would have to compete for a starting role with Obed Owusu, Frederick Boateng and Sogne Yacouba.
It is believed that these are the names tabled for a possible transfer to the Porcupine warriors.
C.K Akunnor started his coaching career in February 2009 with Sekondi Eleven Wise, he went on to coach clubs including Accra Hearts of Oak and Dreams FC.
His recent job was in the Ashanti Region with Obuasi based side Asantigold SC before taking over as Asante Kotoko head coach.