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09.07.2004 Football News

Allotey New Hasmal Coach

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Premiership side, Sekondi Hasaacas, have appointed Tony Allotey as the new Coach of the club.

The former Stay Cool coach takes over next Monday, a day after watching Hasaacas play Vipers in a friendly at Cape Coast.

"I am happy about it and I will work hard to put Hasaacas on a higher pedestal during my tenure", he said after receiving the appointment letter from the club yesterday.

"God willing we are going to see a new Hasaacas this season."

Coach Allotey fills the vacuum created by the departure of David Duncan who left the job to 'concentrate' on his new assignment as technical head of the national Under-17 team, the Black Starlets.

The 50-year old Allotey enters the Hasaacas job with football coaching experience nearly half his age. And his return to the club is a return to the side that once nurtured his talent as a footballer.

He shared his 1972-1978 active playing days between city rivals Eleven Wise and Hasaacas, and left for Apex Mill of Nigeria where he acted as player/coach in the club's historic league triumph in 1979.

Subsequent stints with Abiola Babes, Stationary Stores, Hill Top FC, Obeye Babes, Sharks FC and Steel Pioneers, all of Nigeria, began what would be a high-achieving but obscure career.

His latest achievements include winning the Benin national league with Dragons last season, although his participation in the Champions League could not last beyond the first round stage after Togolese side, AS Douanes, kicked them out on the away goal rule.

Coach Allotey is also well remembered for his days with King Faisal when he guided the club to sixth place in the premier league and the finals of the FA Cup in 2001.

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