Asante Kotoko have officially named former Karela United gaffer Johnson Smith as their assistant coach.
The Takoradi-born trainer signed a two-year deal at the club’s secretariat on Friday, becoming the club’s new Assistant Coach following the expiration of the contract of Raphael Akakpo.
Johnson Smith was previously a part of the club’s technical team. He Assistant Bashiru Hayford in 2007 and was Caretaker Coach in 2008 after the exit of the then Head Coach, Paa Kwesi Fabin.
Johnson Smith returns to Kotoko after a two-year illustrious stint at Karela United. He led the Anyinase-based club to gain Premier League promotion in his first year and was third on the log before the suspension of the top-flight competition in June 2017.
He continued his impressive form in the Normalisation Committee Special Competition in his second year. It took Kotoko to stop him from winning the Tier One Cup as the Porcupines beat his former side on penalties in the final game.
He joined Berekum Arsenal after leaving Kotoko and proceeded to Gold Stars after a season. He spent three years at the Bibiani-based club and took the club to three consecutive Division-One Middle League berths.
Smith joined Eleven Wise from Bibiani Gold Stars but was re-signed back to the latter after just a season.
His second Bibiani Gold Stars stint lasted for a year and left to take over the then Division-One side, Karela United.