“Do not distract Barreto, allow him to work” – Kotoko legend


Kumasi Asante Kotoko legend Malik Jabir is calling for calm at the club as newly appointed coach Mariano Barreto has only begun to implement his ideas in the team.

Coach Mariano Barreto saw his side beat Bechem United 4-0 in an outstanding Ghana Premier League fixture which was his first game in the dug out of the Porcupine Warriors since his appointment as head coach late in March.

The 4-0 mauling over Bechem United got the club’s fan base excited about good times ahead under the Portuguese coach.

However Malik Jabir believes Barreto needs time to implement his ideas in the team as the second round has only begun.

In an interview with Kumasi radio outlet Gye Nyame FM, Jabir said: 

 “The second round has just begun and the performance of the Asante Kotoko players so far is very encouraging. 

“I am pleading to all and sundry to allow the coach work peacefully.He was brought in to be the head coach so just allow him and give the team to him.

“No one should interfere with his work when it comes to coaching issues. Commentaries and suggestions as to what he should do and not must seize. Whoever thinks he can do the job must go for it rather than throwing jabs from the outside.

“The popular saying that fans can criticize the tactics of a coach because they understand football must not be encouraged because fans cannot create philosophies and tactics.What these fans must know is that,they cannot do the job of the coach.

“Whoever is not content with the coach must allow his contract to run out before assessing him.

“There’s no coach in this world who doesn’t want to win,even big teams in Europe are suffering.”

Kotoko will play as host to Berekum Chelsea on Sunday, April 11 at the Obuasi Len Clay Stadium.


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