I am no magician — Kotoko coach

BY: Peter Sarbah
Paa Kwesi Fabin - Starlets coach
Paa Kwesi Fabin - Starlets coach

Coach Paa Kwesi Fabin has asked agitated fans of Kumasi Asante Kotoko to remain calm as he strives to steer the club out of the stormy waters.

Fabin, who replaced Steve Polack following the Porcupine Warriors’ exit from the CAF Confederation Cup, believes two months in charge of the Garden City club is too short a time to ensure any significant transformation.

The former national under-17, team trainer said he wasn’t a magician to turn around the fortunes of the club overnight, but insisted he was committed to working hard to ensure Kotoko return to their glorious days.

Since his appointment, Coach Fabin has won thrice — Dwarfs 2-1, Inter Allies 1-0, and Eleven Techiman Wonders 1-0 — out of eight league games, while drawing two (1-1 with both WAFA and Chelsea) and losing three (Medeama 0-1), (Dreams FC 0-1) and (Ashgold 0-2).

"It's about two months into the job but I am not a magician to turn things around in two months and therefore we're working towards making the team a fearsome one," he said after Kotoko’s draw with Chelsea.

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"It will be an illusion to say we will win the league. It's a work in progress. I am just entering the second month in the team."

"It's impossible to turn things around in just two months. I don't think even Pep Guardiola can do that," Coach Fabin insisted.

On Sunday, he is expected to lead his charges to Wa to play Wa All Stars who are rooted at the foot of the league table and require victory to lift them from the bottom.

Rivals, Accra Hearts of Oak, are equally in a difficult situation as their fans are calling for the head of Coach Henry Wellington, whose assistant, Edward Nii Odoom, is expected to lead the team to the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi to encounter Bechem United.

In other matches, league leaders, Ashantigold, will battle Inter Allies at the Len Clay Stadium, Eleven Wonders welcome Medeama to the Nana Ameyaw Park at Techiman, while WAFA trek to the Cape Coast Stadium to contend with Ebusua Dwarfs.

Dreams FC and Aduana Stars are expected to set the Dawu Park agog with a thriller, Chelsea FC play host to Liberty Professionals at the Baba Yara Stadium, while sensational Karela FC host Elmina Sharks at the Aiyinase CAM Park.