Former Black Stars deputy coach, Maxwell Konadu, has been appointed coach of Premier League giants, Kumasi Asante Kotoko, on a two-year contract with the mandate to win the top flight as well as qualify the team to the group stage of the CAF Champions League.
Coach Konadu returns to the club he played for over two decades ago and later led as head coach to win their 22nd Ghana Premier League title in the 2011/12 season.
The head coach of Black Stars B (Ghana’s home-based senior national team), 47-year-old Konadu, was officially unveiled by the club’s management yesterday ahead of their clash with arch rivals, Accra Hearts of Oak, in Sunday’s President’s Cup clash in Accra.
Coach Konadu becomes the third trainer to take over the reins as head coach of Kotoko this year after compatriot Charles Akonnor and Norwegian Kjetil Zachariassen, who was sacked after failing to guide the Porcupine Warriors to the group stages of the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup.
With vast experience with the Black Stars as assistant coach on difference occasions under the leadership of Kwasi Appiah and Israeli Avram Grant, Konadu returns to a familiar role amidst high expectations by his employers and the Kotoko faithful who hope he would turnaround the fortunes of the club and lead them to another domestic league success as he achieved seven years ago, with the 2019/20 season set to kickoff on December 28.
At his unveiling yesterday, the Kotoko CEO, George Amoako, stated that Konadu’s targets included building a winsome side capable of competing favourably in domestic and continental competitions.
The coach will be assisted by stand-in coach Johnson Smith and faces his first major assignment on Sunday in the President’s Cup at the Accra Stadium.
However, it is unclear whether Coach Konadu will keep his role as trainer of the Black Stars B or hold both positions during his tenure with Kotoko.