Asante Kotoko coach Mariano Barreto departs to Portugal to renew coaching badge

Asante Kotoko coach Mariano Barreto departs to Portugal to renew coaching badge

Kumasi Asante Kotoko management has announced head coach Mariano Barreto has returned to native Portugal for a ‘short trip’. 

The former Black Stars coach will use the period to renew his UEFA Pro coaching badge.

A club statement released on Sunday read: ”Our Head Coach ,Mariano Barreto departs to his country Portugal and returns on 27th May 2021.

”The short trip is necessary to aid our gaffer renew his UEFA Pro coaching license. Assistant Coach Pedro Manual will take charge of the team in the intervening period.”

Barreto has came under pressure in some quarters following his decision to drop No.1 goalkeeper Razak Abalora from the team which drew 1-1 with WAFA on Saturday, 22 May 2021.

The points dropped cost the club top spot in the Ghana Premier League despite tied on points with rivals Hearts of Oak.