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Kotoko part ways with Maxwell Konadu

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Kumasi Asante Kotoko have parted ways with their head coach Maxwell Konadu just a few hours after he lost his first game of the season to Great Olympics.

Maxwell had come under pressure for his inability to get his players to score goals and see out games which has seen his side’s draw rate increase since his return to the club last season.

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That infamous statistic has seen him depart the club, with Johnson Smith set to take over as interim manager for the Porcupine Warriors.

A communique from the club via their official twitter page read:

Management of Asante Kotoko Sporting Club wishes to inform the general public that it has decided to part ways with Coach Maxwell Konadu as its Head Coach with immediate effect.

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Coach Johnson Smith has been appointed to lead the team in the interim.

The announcement comes just a few hours after fellow Kumasi based side King Faisal also sacked their head coach Slavisa Bozicic after being thrashed by Ashanti Gold in their 5th game of the 2020/2021 Ghana Premier League season. 

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Johnson Smith is now expected to take over for the club when they face Dreams FC in Dawu before they host Al Hilal in the first leg of the CAF Champions League first round game.

Maxwell departs, so what now for Kotoko?

Kumasi Asante Kotoko might have secured their first win of the season against Legon Cities by 1-0, but there was no real excitement for the supporters who had to be on edge throughout the game as Asamoah Gyan and his colleagues threatened to equalize.

In  fact, Legon Cities could have achieved that target if not for their wastefulness in front of goal and it would have been a damning result for the Kotoko team who have an unwanted record over the past two seasons.

In their four games played this season in the Ghana Premier League (3) and the CAF Champions League (1), Kumasi Asante Kotoko have drawn three out of those 4 games from winning positions.

Read our analysis of Kotoko’s goal scoring problems and whether the departure of Maxwell Konadu will help the club. 

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