Mahama handed No.10 jersey at Kotoko

Baba John Mahama
The midfielder has been handed the iconic jersey previously worn by Dauda Mohammed following his departure to Anderlecht

Ghana Premier League giants Asante Kotoko have handed new midfielder Baba 'John' Mahama the vacant No.10 shirt for his maiden season after completing a three-year deal from Techiman City.

The 19-year-old became an instant hit in his first top-flight season with Techiman last year, making 25 appearances and scoring four goals.

"I've got to be happy because the support the fans, players and top hierarchy have shown me is overwhelming. I am highly impressed although I have not been here for long but they trust my abilities already," Mahama told Goal.

"I have met my new teammates, train and chat with them and I think I will be ready for the season. The club is yet to win any major trophy in the last two seasons and it brings tension. I'm aware of the target because I was briefed what the objectives are for the season so it is my hope to play a major role.

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"I did all that I could for Techiman City last season but we were relegated on the last day. That is part of the learning curve and I hope it won't happen to me again. I want to win titles here and the dream is alive unabated," he added.

Other new recruits Prince Acquah, who will wear No.28 while Seth Opare and Isaac Quansah take No.21 and 2 respectively. Also former Ashanti Gold striker Yakubu Mohammed will take No.9 and Ashittey Ollenu dons No.25.

The 2017 Ghana Premier League kicks off on February 4 and Mahama is likely to make his debut as Kotoko host Liberty Professionals before facing Berekum Chelsea in away.