Kotoko coach to visit Wearside

Club welcomes Ghanaian partners.

Sunderland AFC is set to welcome Ghanaian partner club Asante Kotoko FC's head coach Maxwell Konadu to its Academy of Light training headquarters.

The GLO Premier League is on an extended break during the African Cup of Nations and the former Ghanaian International forward, who took charge of Asante Kotoko in 2011, will spend two weeks with Sunderland's coaching staff, observing training methods and gaining practical experience.

As the biggest football club in Ghana, Asante Kotoko has an astounding eight million followers. They committed to a formal partnership with Sunderland AFC in the summer of 2011.

A delegation from the Ghanaian club recently visited Sunderland, meeting senior club officials and touring SAFC Foundation's facilities and outreach centres, with the aim of ustilising ideas and expertise to implement community schemes in Ghana.

SAFC Chief Executive Margaret Byrne said: "We are delighted that our partnership with Asante Kotoko is progressing so positively.

"Having met with the chairman Dr Sarpong and club officials on a number of occasions, we have been bowled over by their warmth, infectious enthusiasm and more importantly their in-depth knowledge and experience of African football.

"All of this can only be beneficial to us as we look to expand Sunderland into international territories."