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Johnson Smith named interim coach of Kotoko after Zachariassen’s departure

Kotoko have named Assistant Coach, Johnson Smith as interim coach to replace the now sacked coach Kjetil Zachariassen

Management of Kumasi Asante Kotoko today confirmed the sacking of Kjetil Zachariassen with assistant coach Johnson Smith his replacement.

The 50 year old Norwegian joined Kotoko four months ago after guiding Ashantigold FC to the Normalisation Committee Special Competition tier 2 title, beating Kotoko along the way, in the semi final.

However, after making a strong statement saying “he would be surprised if Kotoko lost a single game”, Zachariassen failed to qualify Kotoko for the much coveted CAF Champions league, losing 3-2 on aggregate to Tunisian side Etoile du Sahel after taking a 2-0 lead in the first leg.

His relationship deterroriated with the Kotoko Board completely after they were subsequently beaten by minnows, San Pedro FC 2-1 on aggregate in the confederations cup.

Johnson Smith, who joined the club ahead of the Confederation Cup qualifiers will now take over as head coach of the porcupine warriors.

Johnson Smith has amassed a great wealth of experience in Ghana Football having served as head coach of Sekondi Hasaacas, Bibiani GoldStars, Eleven Wise and Berekum Arsenals.

He helped Karela United to secure qualification to the Ghana Premier League during the 2017 season.

This is his biggest appointment yet and he will be looking to make the big step and prepare Kotoko for the 2019/2020 Ghana premier league season.

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