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04.11.2008 Football News

Bashiru To Stay With Kotoko

By Andrew Nortey -

CONTRARY to expectations that Kumasi Asante Kotoko's head coach, Bashiru Hayford would resign from his post, the under pressure tactician may stay with the Asanteman warriors pending management decision to give him the nod or otherwise.

Latest information gathered by this paper indicates that Hayford rescinded his decision to present his resignation letter to the life patron of the club, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II and wait for a management decision on the matter.

The otherwise healthy relations between Hayford and management of the club have been strained by factors including their unimpressive performance in the CAF Conferation Cup tournament which the Porcupines failed to annex the final slot.

Paired in a difficult group that has all North African sides including Etoile du Sahel who happened to be defending champions, El-Merriekh and Jenne Sportive Dukabylie (JSK) of Algeria, Kotoko languished at the bottom of the table with seven points.

Sources close to the club also pointed out that Hayford's open demand for a contract at a meeting at Manyhia with the life patron was what broke the camel's back.

The perceived strained relationship was confirmed few days to their last match in the CAF Confederation tourney when the PLB coach of the season was suspended for abandoning the team and leaving for Accra without permission from his employers.

However, his decision to rescind his resignation threat is seen as a pleasant news for the Porcupine Warriors who are set for recruitment for the new season fixed for November 23.

According to our sources, Kotoko stand to benefit if the coach is allowed to continue with the revival he brought to the club.

He said it was Hayford's good judgement, regarding the choice of players registered for the season that led to the half of Kotoko's league draught.

What appears to be the headache of the fans is management silence on the technical direction of the club as the new season near commencement.

A section of the fans that this reporters spoke to after last Sunday's 4-1 loss to the national U-17 side, the Black Starlets in a friendly expressed their discomfort at the way matters regarding the club's technical matters are being handled.