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14.11.2005 Football News

Coach Duncan heads to Ashgold

By GNA
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Accra, Nov 14, GNA - Coach David Duncan could be heading to Obuasi as the new trainer for Ashantigold after the Club struggled for a respectable placing on the log of the just ended premiership. The Black Starlets coach has been linked with the vacant job that has Evans Allotey as the caretaker coach following the resignation of Dutchman, Hans van Der Pluym after a chain of mediocre results. The two parties according to information pieced together by the the coach assumes his responsibility in earnest.

Coach Duncan confirmed the move to GNA Sports when he was seen at the Dansoman Park where he was on an observation mission when Ashantigold engaged Liberty Professionals on the final game of the GT Premier season.

Indications are that the former Accra Great Olympics trainer would soon be out-doored to enable him have a fair idea about the materials at his disposal before recruiting for the coming season which commences next March.

Coach Duncan returns to the premiership after a season of absence. He previously coached Sekondi Hasaacas before his national appointment about a year ago.

The vibrant Duncan was in charge of the Black Starlets team that grabbed silver at the continent's juvenile championship held in The Gambia as well as leading the team to emerge as the only unbeaten side in the World U-17 championship held in Peru in August and September this year.

The coach who is credited for the transformation witnessed during his reign with Olympics and the "Giants of the West" is a disciplinarian whose emphasis on sticking to his principles has seen him being labelled by many as arrogant.

Ashgold gave many a false hope prior to the season with some superlative performances, which saw pundits naming them among the teams to watch in the just ended spell.

Though the team began the season well, a sequence of bad away record of only two wins, three draws and ten losses plus a lacklustre home record that gave birth to a reverse of the away results ensured the former league champions accumulated 42 points, 21 clear of winner Asante Kotoko to finish seventh on the summit of the 16-team standings.

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