Asante Kotoko have appointed Portuguese coach Mariano Barretto as the new head coach of the club.

Barretto becomes the third coach of the Porcupine Warriors this season as he replaces Abdul Gazele.

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The 64-year-old was in charge of Ghana’s senior team, the Black Stars between 2003 and 2004. He left on a dramatic note after he failed to return to Ghana after facing South Africa away.

Barretto moved to Portugal to join Maritimo and was later reported to FIFA by the Ghana Football Association.

The Portuguese last worked with Stumbras in Lithuania and comes to Kotoko with loads of experience having managed 12 teams.

Kotoko are currently four points behind Karela despite playing a game less. Barretto’s first task will be an away game against Eleven Wonders when the Ghana Premier League resumes in early April.