Former Black Star Coach Mariano Barreto Appointed As Head Coach For Asante Kotoko

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Ghana Premier League giants Asante Kotoko have appointed former Ghana coach, Mariano Barreto as the club’s head coach on a renewable one-and-a-half-year contract

Kotoko confirmed Barreto’s appointment in a statement on the club’s website on Friday moments after his arrival in Accra-Kumasi to officially start work.

The Porcupine Warriors have high expectation of the 64-year-old Portuguese who was in charge of Ghana’s Black stars from 2004 to 2005 and also handled the Black Meteors at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

Coach Barreto is an experienced gaffer and we hope his stay with us will push Asante Kotoko to the next level

The Coach’s fond memories in Ghana is when he led Ghana’s U23 side to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and also leading the Black Stars team to beat South Africa 3-0 in Kumasi during the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Following the appointment of Barreto, Kotoko’s team’s technical team was restructured with the appointment of a Portuguese assistant coach and video analyst, Miguel Bruno, and a physical trainer and injury prevention coach, Pedro Manuel. 

Abdulai Gazale, who was appointed head coach only last month, now becomes an assistant coach and youth team coach alongside former caretaker coach, Johnson Smith.

Issah Najahu remains an assistant coach and goalkeepers trainer.