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5 REASONS WHY AKAPKPO PATRON SHOULD BE KOTOKO'S HEAD COACH

Asante Kotoko are in search of their 17th Head Coach in the past 10 years and as usual before the die is cast, the lots will be cast. Ahead of the club's 2nd leg friendly visit to Obuasi, Mr. Fabin tendered in a resignation letter from his duties. We all know how it ended, the match was postponed to 23rd September and both parties parted ways after a showdown talk.

In his absence, the club has held training sessions under the watch of his former assistant Akakpo Patron. Let's bear in mind that Akakpo joined the Royal Reds in December, 2017 on a two year deal with Fabin joining in February 2018 on a season long deal. This was his second stint as the Head Coach of the Kumasi based outfit. The question remains the same, "Why didn't Akakpo lead the team to Obuasi?"

Ex-Dwarfs Head Coach, Da Rocha's contact with Mr. George Amoako, C.E.O of the club was mentioned as a reason for Fabin's sudden departure. News from the Executive room has it that Dr.  Kyei, Executive Chairman of the club prefers an indigenous coach however defeats that logic. With this said, who should be Asante Kotoko 's 7th Coach under Dr. Kyei? 


In the interim, former Togolese striker, Raphael Akapkpo Patron has been handed the task of heading the technical team. Here we state 5 reasons why he should be made the substantive head of the club's technical team;


Young and Energetic 
Football like everything has seen changes over the years. Not in the number of players who start the game but technically, tactically and technologically, some advancements have been made. In view of this, most young managers are being given the chance globally due to such demands of the game. Akapkpo, 45, has an immediate understanding of the game and has had a hand in the glory of both Polack and Fabin. His approach to warm-up sessions before games is worthy of note. Not just the drill but it's span. 


His Past 
Patron spent some time of his playing career with Asante Kotoko. The 2003 Indian Federation Cup winner with Mahindra FC has also served as a trainer for Kumasi based Cornerstone Babies. Having served as an assistant coach in the club since December 2017, the gaffer has a broader knowledge of the club's technical culture as well as the city itself. He knows what it's like to be victorious with the porcupines. He is an insider! 

“Patron has understood the team, he has worked with John Killa for over two years and over,” George ofosuhene on Akapkpo's appointment as WAFA Head Coach 

Philosophy 
Having served as an assistant as WAFA under John Killa, Patron took charge of the 2nd round of the 2016 season. He ended WAFA's poor run against Hearts of Oak by beating them at Sogakope with a 3 goal difference. He won 22 points from a possible 45, 2 more than his predecessor had in the first round amid some scintillating play. Later serving under Rasmussen, they guided the academy side to place 2nd on the log in 2017. Trained in Sogakope, the trainer subscribes to the modern idea of playing possession based football. Kotoko fans love to win but not in the ugly way. His speech at the end of games speaks volumes of his understanding of the game. He can be Kotoko's Guardiola, if not Zidane. 


He Speaks French 
Per our geographic disposition, Ghana is surrounded by mostly French speaking countries. This underlines the fact that most foreigners who have plyed their trade for the club have Francophone backgrounds. From Atsou, Kambou, Ouedrago, Sedogo, Toure and Imbola to Ajargba, the resemblance in language cuts across. He is the reason why Yacouba Songne has settled and with the club looking forward to acquire Sawadogo and other internationals, his ability to speak French will be a plus. 


The Number 7
Did Raphael Akapkpo give us a sign of the future? The last time Kotoko played Ashgold at Kumasi, he wore the number 7 jersey to lead the warm-up session. He usually wears the number 7. With the club in search of their 17th coach in 10 years and 7th under the Executive Chairman, Dr. Kyei, Akakpo fits the bill. In numerology, 'number 7' exemplifies  the seeker and thinker and Patron is the thinker that Kotoko should seek for the future. 


In this regard, Kotoko should do anything possible to get his signature on the dotted lines. 





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