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Soccer News Thu, 30 Nov 2000

Kotoko Grab Top Striker

Both Kumasi Asante Kotoko and Accra Hearts of Oak have opened at full throttle their quest for recruiting top players to their fold.

Although both clubs are denying a major shake up, classified information reveals otherwise. Already the management of Kumasi Asante Kotoko has confirmed its interest in Bofoakwa's Osei Kwame who featured and scored for Kotoko in their international friendly against the Togo national team. It is expected Osei Kwame will become an integral part of the revived Kotoko striking machinery if current negotiations are successful. Another striker of no mean class expected to don the Kotoko jersey this year is Nana Kofi Frimong of King Faisal, who trained briefly with the Phobians last year and also featured for Kotoko against the Togo national team. Of course, Abedi Sarfo and Sulley Muntari may not complete the recruitment exercise.

There are four known players currently doing business with Kotoko. Their recruitment negotiations are being done on the quiet in order not to unnecessarily raise the transfer fee or lead to total failure. Could Oppong Kyekyeku be one of them?

Eighteen year old Osei Kofi of Kwaebibrem has been given the green light by Hearts of Oak. He, together with Issa Muhammed and Frank Turkson of Hasaacas have had a good understanding with Hearts of Oak.

Then, of course, Laryea Kingston, Odartey Lawson alias Lalas both of Olympics, Don Bortier (Ghapoha) and Dan Oppong (B/A Utd.) are also in Hearts of Oak camp.

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Seth Yeboah's Dawu are on the rampage. They have four Kotoko players in their camp and have put eighteen on the transfer list. Among the four are Muhammed Polo, Kofi Owusu and Nicholas Addo.

According to a statement from Dawu, any club interested in any of their eighteen players put on transfer should contact the club for negotiations.

The Wonder Club of Ghana, Great Olympics have punched holes in Hearts and hit Kotoko where it lives. Humphrey Amoah, Kotoko goalkeeper, Shamo Abbey, Felix Yeboah and Alex Djanie, all of Kotoko, have had a fruitful chat with Olympics agents.

Hearts are expected to trade three of their players for the in-coming Olympics players. But the club to fear next football season is Liberty Professionals. Goldfields are also reported to have hooked some Kotoko players. The muddy waters will clear next week.

Source: Accra Mail
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