Soccer News of Monday, 17 November 2003

Source: Michael Quaye for Graphic

Power FC Fires Coach

Coach Ken Augustt of Power FC has been fired by the club with immediate effect. In his place, the club's management has appointed Coach Theophilus Kpakpo Allotey to assume technical responsibility of the club for the three remaining matches of the league season.

Power FC management sources said Coach Augustt's dismissal was due primarily to his show of apathy towards the club's campaign, particularly in the latter part of the season, incompetence and gross disrespect to management.

Each of these allegations, according to the management, were amply manifested in instances and output, and they gave management no option than to relieve the coach of the job.

Coach Augustt, allegedly, failed to travel with the team to Bolga when they played RTU in the 25th week of the premiership without providing any sound reason for his attitude.

"He simply had no time for the club," the source said. He is also alleged to have joined the team to Sekondi for their game against Hasaacas only after the team had reached the town, and yet he failed to train with the team even after he had reported late at the team's camp.

Power's 28-point haul earned them the ninth position in the 16-club competition. They have scored just 16 goals in 27 matches, the lowest rate in the competition, and have a goal difference of minus 10. These statistics, according to the management, contitute strong evidence of the coach's incapability since they believe Power possess a team that belong to the Top Four class.

The welfare officer of the club, Eric Mitchel, confirmed the dismissal of the coach to the Graphic in an interview. Efforts to reach Coach Augustt himself, whose dismissal was said to have been communicated to him on phone last Friday, proved futile. He guided Power to beat Dwarfs 1-0 in the play-off to decide the 16th club to join the Premier League for this year's competition, and had since been in charge.

His replacement, Coach Allotey, has sojourned in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, in the past and has trained some lower division clubs in Ghana, including division one side, Great Mariners.