By Yaw Frempong Ampomah
Coach Masud Didi Dramani looks set to work with a more cute squad size as Kotoko offloads 9 players to create space for only 4 new faces at Adako Jarchie.
The Ghana Premier League Champions, who initially traded off defender Kofi Agyare to Tarkwa's Medeama SC in a deal meant to offset old debts, have also lost influential midfielder Michael Helegbe to the Mauves and Yellows after contract renewal talks fell through.
Former Ghana youth striker, Ransford Osei, who failed to win over porcupine hearts after a return to the GPL has also failed to secure an extension to his expired One and half year deal with the club.
Another player departing the Reds due to contract expiration and non-renewal is young striker Mohammed Bukari Alhassan who, despite his impressively consistent run with Kotoko's reserve team where he even emerged as the club's top scorer in the 2011 Reserves league, has not won Didi Dramani's attention for an opportunity at first team action.
Included in the exit list is Brazillian import, Hemis Da Silva, whose four year deal has been abrogated after barely four months of being signed on for failing to hopelessly adapt to the club's culture.
Also bidding byes at Kotoko, albeit temporarily on loan deals to Tema's Amidaus Professionals are; Richard Yeboah whose chances at first team play dwindled after making an injury return early this year and youth players, Alhassan Saddick and Bismark Kwarteng while striker Michael Mensah makes another loan return to Wa Allstars.
The club's official website, www.asantekotokosc.com, however, announced yesterday that they have made four experienced additions with the capture of returning striker Isaac Boakye "magic", former King Faisal and Hapoel Ashkelon forward, Osman Bashiru, midfielders Larbi Koomson and Rahim Ayew, all as free agents.
These changes effectively shrinks Kotoko's squad size from an intial 40 registered players to 35 first and reserve team players.