Official: Kotoko sack Zachariassen


Kumasi Asante Kotoko has sacked coach Kjetil Zachariassen two weeks after a disappointing exit from CAF’s inter-club competitions.

In a statement signed by the club’s CEO, George Amoako, the club terminated the Norwegian trainer’s contract after failing to achieve target set for him.

He was tasked upon appointment to reach the Group Stage of the Champions League.

The Porcupine Warriors started their Campaign in the CAF Champions League after being crowned as Champions of the Normalisation Committee’s special competition.

They however failed to reach the group stage of CAF’s elite club competition when they succumbed to a 3-0 away defeat to Tunisian side, Etoile du Sahel after despite recording a 2-0 home advantage.

Kotoko therefore were eliminated on a 3-2 aggregate but had a last lifeline in the Confederation Cup with a playoff tie with San Pedro from Ivory Coast. 

Zachariasen and his charges failed again to clear the hurdle , losing 2-1 on aggregate and thus, seeing the club’s African hopes dashed. 

The former Ashantigold coach failed to travel back to Ghana as he went awol at Kotoko’s Hotel base in Abidjan following their disappointment. 

There were speculation that the club will terminate his contract just five months into his two-year contract.

And after a marathon meeting with the coach and his representatives at the club secretariat, the coach was shown the exit door on Wednesday October 13th.

First Assistant Coach, Johnson has therefore taken over the club’s training sessions on an interim basis as they resumed training on Monday. 

Source: Owura Kweku, Angel FM


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