Signing for a big football club like Asante Kotoko is a story on its own but making an impact in the club is what matters most especially for young players.
Asante Kotoko have been busy in the transfer market with the acquisition of several youngsters and experienced players to rebuild for the 2021/22 domestic season.
The Porcupine Warriors have grabbed some interesting teenagers which could be materials for the future.
Defender, Augustine Agyapong, 17 , joined from lower tier side, Delsanco Football Club while attacking midfielder, Clinton Opoku, 18 , signed from Phar Rangers. Young forward, Samuel Boateng also settled with Kotoko from Future Stars. Winger, Isaac Oppong, 18 , was snapped up from Bactero Sassana.
These youngsters might be fine players from their various clubs but Kotoko is certainly a big stage which needs extra fortitude and club legend, Malik Jabir believes the youngsters need encouragement to excel.
“You see these young boys, I saw it when I was handling the national U-23, I tell you a lot of them have the technique.
“But all you have to do to them is to let them know who they are, you should let them know how serious they should be in training.
“I can tell you so many things that they can do, that within a year or two, you will see that they can make it.
“Why I’m saying this is that, when they get the urge, if they know how to train, you will see that they will be self assured without underestimating themselves.
“They will be smarter, they will be aggressive, I mean you will see that they will train, you will see that they will give off their best.” Malik Jabir told Goodnews fm of Takoradi.Alongside the youngsters, Asante Kotoko have also signed some experienced hands to balance the squad equation.
Richmond Lamptey joined Kotoko from relegated Inter Allies with central defender, Maxwell Agyemang joining from Wamanafo Mighty Royals.
Asante Kotoko made a double swoop for Medeama duo, Richard Boadu, midfielder and right-wing back, Samuel Appiah.
The two time African champions recently roped in former West Africa Football Academy coach, Prosper Narteh Ogum as the head coach with David Ocloo and John Eduafo as assistants.