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17.10.2006 Football News

Kotoko coach resigns

By JFM
Emmanuel Kwesi AfranieEmmanuel Kwesi Afranie
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The head coach of Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Emmanuel Kwesi Afranie has resigned his post with immediate effect.

Afranie, affectionately called coach hene, (King of coaches) is yet to officially tender in a letter to that effect but says he has already conveyed his decision verbally to the club's management through its communication's director.

Kotoko are second on the Premier League table, only two points behind undefeated Ashantigold, but a loss to Kpando Heart of Lions on Sunday seems to have pushed Afranie to the decision.

Kotoko lost their second successive premier league match on Sunday, losing one nil to Kpando Heart of Lions at the Konongo (Waterloo) Park.

But coach Afranie told Joy Sports that the defeats cannot be attributed to technical bankruptcy but is quitting because he does not think he has the attention of his players after the management of the club recently paraded former coach Hans Dieter-Schmidt at the club's training.

Afranie feels perhaps someone wants his job for Hans, now at Gamba All Blacks.

The team's management is currently locked in a meeting to brainstorm on coach Afranie's successor. Kwame Baah Nuako, the communications director has told Joy Sports that several coaches including Dieter Schmidt are being considered for the job

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