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Kotoko Host Sunderland AFC Youth Development Team.

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By Yaw Frempong Ampomah.



Sunderlands AFC's head of International Football development, Graham Robbinson, has been training with Kotoko's youth side all week.

The Sunderland team are helping the porcupines to restructure its youth sides to meet international standards as well as get the club ready for next season's GFA revised reserve/youth league.

"Make no mistake, these boys are mentally strong, technically good and sound in many ways. The potential is there for all to see," Robbinson told Citi FM's Gary Al-Smith at the Adako Jachie training facility.

Oppong Asumadu, a young member of Kotoko's U-17 side was positive about the need for such training programmes. "I have always told my friends that at Kotoko we have the best coaches in the country, but now I can tell them that we also get the best help from around the world too. That will make us grow in the game even faster."

The last few days saw the well- travelled development coach teach the boys the finer arts of possession and shooting - skills that are very much in need of a lick of paint among young talents.

"Every day, it is refreshing to see the awareness and joy on their faces as they learn. It is testament to the  endearing atmosphere Kotoko provides for them to grow" he added.

The partnership agreement between the Ghanaian champions and the English premiership outfit stipulates that the black cats sends out their representatives four times a year to monitor and assist in Kotoko's youth development.

 

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