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7 THINGS WE NOTICED AS YACOUBA HEAPS BLUES ON CHELSEA

Asante Kotoko were once more victorious at the Babayara Sports Stadium as they comfortably defeated Chelsea by 3 unanswered goals. Back to baton, Kwame Boahene opened the scores with a well taken goal against the Berekum based side on the 16th minute. The Blues were reduced by a man after Collins Ameyaw saw red in the second period of the encounter. 

Yacouba leaves a defender defenseless |Liberty 1, Kotoko 1
The second half couldn't get any  better for the Royal Reds as cult hero, Songne Yacouba got a brace to further condemn the away side. This is the club's 6th consecutive win at their home grounds. Chelsea however earned a one all draw with Kotoko in the just halted league, the first away team to earn a point from the Porcupines. 

Elsewhere, Ashantigold lost on an away trip to less fancied Nkoranza Warriors  courtsey a solitary strikel by Daniel Quartey. Fatawu Mohammed's brace for Hearts of Oak was cancelled out by All Blacks at Swedru. 

Here are 7 things we noticed from the Kotoko and Chelsea clash ;

1. Akakpo shows Akonnor the way 
Sitted in the crowd watching the game as it ensued at the Babayara Stadium was former Black Stars' and Wolfsburg captain, C. K Akonnor. Having been relieved of his former role as the Head Coach of Obuasi based Ashantigold SC, the former Coach of Hearts of Oak is set to put ink to paper to head the Porcupines. Today,  Akakpo who has worked under previous heads, Polack and Fabin, has maintained the later's approach to games. He was rewarded with the consistency as his side run away by 3 goals. Consistency is key! C. K. 


2. 2x4 for Yacouba
He joined the Kumasi based club on a low note. Yes, he wasn't a 'Big Name' which was largely part to the tendency of most people not following the Burkinabe and Malian national leagues. He has however turned that tide around and with 11 goals in 12 matches for the Royal Reds, he is a 'Big Name'. His brace today was his 4th for the club in 8 games at the Babayara Stadium. 9 goals in those 8 games tellingly speaks volumes of his love for the Stadium. An instinctive goal from a Chelsea blunder and a foot to Jordan's deflected cross wrote another script of his tale. 


3. Amankona has a lot to learn?
The young forward managed 5 goals for the Berekum based Blues in the first round of the aborted league season. 80% of his goals were scored at the Golden City Park. Shouldering the responsibility to bang in goals in the absence of Latif Salifu, the youngster full of running  failed to shine when needed most. He missed a chance to score late into the game from the penalty spot. A member of the Black Satellites squad, the youngster failed to score in earlier friendlies with Ebusua Dwarfs and Ashantigold. 

4. Felix in the Annals? 
Often outlooked when it comes to national team duties, the agile goal tender proved his merit once more as he saved a penalty, his second in the last 5 games. Faced with the challenge late into the game, Annan made a save off Amankona's spotkick. He did save another late into the game in Tanzania against Simba SC though he was beaten by Ashantigold's Saddick Adams in his last outing for Kotoko. Can he make the squad ahead of Ghana's AFCON qualifier with Sierra Leone in Kumasi? 

5. History repeats itself! 
3-0 it ended for Kotoko? The last time Kotoko won a league game by this margin (though this was a friendly) was in May 2016. Similarly, Ernest Sowah, then Kotoko goalkeeper saved a penalty kick like Annan did today. Sowah saved Fiamenyo's spot kick as Dauda hit a brace against the Mysterious Dwarfs. Obed Owusu is the only player to have played in the 2016 victory over Dwarfs who also started today's similar margin victory over Chelsea. 

6. Chelsea's Away Blues continue 
The Berekum based side have won just one away game in their last 15 league outings, losing 12 of those in the process. Bad travellers! In the same game length at home, they have won 9 times. The 2010/11 winners of the Ghana League must improve on their away results if they are to return to their old days or get any closer to that.  

7. Boahene ready for a Spot 
The slippery yet aggressive wideman set the ball rolling for Asante Kotoko as he let a shot fly into the net. Kwame joined from Medeama last year amidst so much promise but injuries have seen the most of his short stay in Kumasi. He replaced Jordan Opoku on the left wing against Ashantigold in Kumasi and he reminded many of his old self. Today, playing in Emmanuel Gyamfi's place on the right wing, he staked a claim with a good goal.

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