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5 TALKING POINTS AS ASHANTIGOLD DEFEAT KOTOKO AT THE LEN CLAY STADIUM

It was all fun and fan at the Len Clay Stadium on Sunday afternoon as Ashantigold locked horns with regional foes Asante Kotoko. The Elephants from Obuasi inflicted a 3-2 defeat on the away side courtesy Richard Djodi's well taken spotkick. The game ended on a 5 all aggregate as the reverse fixture in Kumasi ended 3-2 in Kotoko's favour. 


Shafiu Mumuni returned to the starting lineup to get a brace for the Yellow and Blacks with just a little over the half hour mark played. Obed Owusu began the Reds comeback with a goal on the stroke of half time. Yacouba Songne's leveller for Kotoko paved the way for a gruelsome end to the game but Djodi won the game for the miners with two minutes to spare. 3-2 it ended for Ashantigold SC. 

With Kotoko's unbeaten run after that training camp in Mampong broken, here are 5 talking points from the Golden Clash:

Mumuni Stakes Claim? 
Shafiu Mumuni has been the miners best centre forward in the past 3 seasons and on Sunday he showed his class once more. The attacker got a brace in the first period of the game and could have walked home with the match ball had his goal bound effort not being ruled for offside. He however didn't last the entire duration of the game after being sent off for decent. He looks most likely to lead the miners' attack. 3 goals in his last 3 games against Kotoko is no mere an achievement. Considering the club's attacking options, Mumuni left an indelible print on the minds of many. 

Level-ler Yacouba 
He has announced his presence and all that is required now of the Burkinabe is to be consistent. With 7 goals in his last 6 games against opponents like Hearts of Oak, Ashantigold, Aduana Stars and Tanzanian outfit Simba,  Yacouba has written his name in the club's golden book. He got his first competitive goal by levelling the score at Karela though Kotoko lost. He was on hand to level up the score twice at the Babayara Stadium a fortnight ago when Kotoko were trailing the miners at home. He did get the equalising goal at Obuasi on Sunday as Kotoko fought from 2 goals down.

Christiansen is no Akonnor Defensively
The Danish gaffer named an attacking oriented starting lineup which on paper looked like a 4-4-2 but in play it was more of a 4-2-4. Akaminko and McCarthy pulled the strings in the middle of the pitch but it was much different than the Akonnor tenure. Ashgold conceeded two goals on the day which wasn't something you will see during Akonnor's era. Christiansen should find the balance. 

Nothing Friendly about a Derby? 
It was a return to the days of old at Len Clay as Kotoko lost by  goal difference. Assistant referee, Paul Dosu was attacked by some section of the supporters after Yacouba's equalising goal as Kotoko battled to restore parity. Issues of the match day ball was to be blamed for Kotoko's poor start with a perceived mouth war between Saddick Adams and Akaminko all a prelude to the game. 

Life-Saving Penalty? 
When the centre referee, Sgt. Lateef whilstled for that late penalty for Ashantigold after Amuzu was brought down in the penalty box by Jordan, the uproar that accompanied it was shrieking. The referee who hails from Obuasi is perceived by Kotoko fans to have won the game for the home side. Could he have been under pressure pertaining to the attack from the home supporters? Dr. Kwaku Frimpong must have enjoyed his birthday! 


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