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Coach Bismark Kobi-Mensah: The man behind FC Samartex turn around

FC Samartex can now be considered as a fearful force in Ghana football despite their current destination (Division One League).

Established in 1995 by the Samartex Timber and Plywood Company, the team is among the clubs in the division one league favorite to secure premiership qualification should the league season resumes.

The Samreboi based club has now become a force to reckon with due to the sudden transformation by enterprising Ghanaian gaffer Bismark Kobi-Mensah (BKM).

Since assuming the role as the head coach of FC Samartex on November 21, 2018 on a two-year deal from Ghana Premier League side Bechem United, coach Kobi-Mensah has transformed the team to a Barcelona-like side.

Despite his predecessor coach Steve Abugri doing his bit, Kobi-Mensah has made Samartex a league contender and a fearful side as well.

He has transformed low class players like Benjamin Yorke to a national team asset of which he had a call-up in the Black Stars ‘B’ team by then coach Maxwell Konadu.

He has also transformed the likes of Kweku Aidoo, Abdul Henam, Isaac Eshun and others who have now become apples in the eyes of many Ghana Premier League sides.

His first test at Samartex was a four-team tournament organized by Samartex of which he defied all odds to clinch the trophy by pipping Premiership outfit Karela United 1:0 in the grand finale.

He then led the team to win the maiden edition of the Western region invitational tournament which had teams like Medeama SC, Karela United, Elmina Sharks and even Sekondi Hasaacas participating.

Many thought it will be a flash in the pan, coach Bismark Kobi-Mensah proved otherwise by winning the Senkyire Cup – a four-team tournament in honor of the Managing Director at Samartex Company of which they once again defeated Karela United and also reached the quarter-finals of the NC Special Competition where they were eliminated by Medeama SC.

He has made the Samartex Park a fortress with most teams finding things difficult to even score a single goal there. He has not lost at home in the division one league after 13 matches, winning 5 and drawing one, conceding just two.

Before the league was suspended due to the Coronavirus outbreak, Samartex were second on the division one league (Zone Two) table with 27 points, just a point separating them and league leaders Skyy FC.

His outstanding performance at the dugout and his tactical prowess has earned him a position as the assistant coach for the Ghana U-15 team.

Indeed, coach Bismark Kobi-Mensah is a brainy and truly the man behind the sudden turn around of FC Samartex 1996.

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