The mantle has fallen on his lap and in fact, it was actually handed to him this week, when managers of the club asked Coach David Duncan to step aside.
Now Michael Osei, also known as “Mickey” has the arduous task of guiding Kotoko, to win against Liberty Professionals on match day seven of the 2015/16 Premier League.
The Porcupines, have won one of their six matches – drawn twice and lost three times and are at the bottom on the league table for the first time in history.
On Tuesday, after the defeat to Aduana Stars, Michael Osei supervised Kotoko’s first training session, which was at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium. He was also present at the breakfast meeting management had with the players.
Later in that day, Coach Osei again led the training session at Adako Jachie. The team was visited by the club owner, the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, though unannounced.
The visit by the Asantehene, has been described as a confidence booster, as he asked for victory. That demand must be fulfilled and kept in subsequent matches and coach Michael Osei’s task is therefore cut for him.
As an ex-Kotoko player with fine coaching experience from Germany, coupled with recent refresher courses, Osei is neither new to the pressure Kotoko fans exert on the team in times like this nor is he unaware of what coaches at the club go through to secure good result.
On Sunday in Kumasi, Michael Osei, to be assisted by team manager and upcoming coach, Godwin Ablordey would be closer to the heat in the kitchen, than he has been since the season started. Victory is all that everyone at Kotoko expects.
Liberty are in a form of their own, after thrashing league champions Ashgold 5-1 in their last game. Kotoko haven’t had such a decent form this season but Michael Osei has the duty of getting his team to play well and win. Kotoko must essentially apply the brakes on the fast running Liberty team.
Osei, appreciates the enormity of his assignment and he says that, they are working for victory.
“Together we’ve been doing our best. The objective is to win our next match. The team spirit, composure, conduct; all the things are being worked on. We are sure of victory” he told Asantekotokosc.com.