Yaw Preko (born 8 September 1974 in Accra) is a former football striker from Ghana. He is currently the manager of Ghana U20.

Yaw Preko
Personal information
Full name Yaw Preko
Date of birth (1974-09-08) 8 September 1974 (age 45)
Place of birth Ghana
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Ghana U20 (Manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1992 Hearts of Oak 31 (9)
1992–1997 Anderlecht 92 (27)
1997–1999 Gaziantepspor 58 (16)
1999–2000 Fenerbahçe 22 (7)
2000–2002 Yimpaş Yozgatspor 55 (21)
2002–2004 Gaziantepspor 4 (3)
2004–2005 Halmstads 49 (11)
2005–2007 Al-Ettifaq 2 (1)
2007 Hoang Anh Gia Lai 2 (0)
National team
1992–2007 Ghana 68 (?)
Teams managed
2012–2013 Ghana U20 (assistant)
2015–2016 Hearts of Oak (assistant)
2016 Hearts of Oak (caretaker)
2016 Ifeanyi Ubah (assistant)
2016–2017 Ifeanyi Ubah
2018–2019 Ghana U17 (assistant)
2019 Kings Palace FC (assistant)
2019– Ghana U20
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Olympic medal record
Representing  Ghana
Men's Football
Bronze medal – third place 1992 Barcelona Team Competition


His career started in Powerlines, a small Ghanaian club, and his first European club was R.S.C. Anderlecht where he became Belgian champion three times. He played in Turkey from 1997-2004 before joining Halmstads BK in the Allsvenskan. He then left Halmstads BK in 2005 as the club did not renew his contract, he signed for Saudi Arabian team Al-Ettifaq[1] and stayed with them for almost 2 years and then signed for HAGL in the Vietnamese V-League, which he left after one season. A free agent, Preko subsequently announced his interest of returning home to the Ghanaian league.[2]


He has played 68 international matches for the Ghana national team,and was a member of the team that won the bronze medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.

Coaching careerEdit

From December 2012 to July 2013, Preko was the assistant manager of Ghana's U20 national team.[3] In October 2015, he became assistant manager under Kenichi Yatsuhashi.[4] On 30 October 2016, he was appointed caretaker manager replacing Sergio Traguil.[5] However, the club decided to appoint a new manager at the end of October 2018 and two weeks later, he was reunited with Kenichi Yatsuhashi at Nigerian club Ifeanyi Ubah still as assistant manager. Yatsuhashi was sacked already sacked on 12 December 2016 and once again, Preko took over as a caretaker manager and later permanent manager.[6] In January 2018, he was appointed assistant manager for Ghana's U17 national team.[7]

In April 2019, he was appointed assistant manager of Ghanian club Kings Palace FC, again under Kenichi Yatsuhashi.[8] In June 2019, he was appointed manager of Ghana's U20 national team.[9]


  1. ^ TRANSFERS: Window Closed!
  2. ^ "Yaw Preko hints at returning to local league". Modernghana.com. 31 July 2008. Retrieved 21 October 2008.
  3. ^ Former Ghana U20 assistant coach Yaw Preko owed US$ 7,000 by Ghana FA, ghanasoccernet.com, 9 January 2014
  4. ^ Kenichi's Diary: Three reasons why Hearts' new man could be a hit, modernghana.com, 30 October 2015
  5. ^ Hearts interim coach Yaw Preko takes charge of first training session, modernghana.com, 31 August 2016
  6. ^ Kenichi Yatsuhashi sacked as coach of Ifeanyi Ubah, kessbenfm.com, 12 December 2016
  7. ^ Former Hearts Assistant Yaw Preko Re-Assigned As Ghana U17 Deputy Coach, ghanasportsonline.com, 30 January 2018
  8. ^ Kenichi Yatsuhashi: Former Hearts coach takes over Kings Palace FC, sportsfileghana.com, 13 April 2019
  9. ^ Yaw Preko appointed Ghana U20 coach; George Lamptey as assistant- reports, ghanasoccernet.com, 4 June 2019

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