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4 THINGS C.K.AKONNOR SHOULD NOTE GOING FORWARD

Three unanswered goals condemned Asante Kotoko to their first defeat under Head Coach Charles Akonnor. The Porcupines, tried as they did couldn't find the antedote to the danger posed by the players of the Black Stars side. Who said Black Stars do not shine bright? 

Isaac Sackey's pass found Majeed Warris who coolly placed the ball beyond the outstretched arms of Ibrahim Danlad. With the Stars up by a goal as early as the 21st minute, the game got more physical. 


Christian Atsu who had swapped flanks skipped past Kotoko's Amos Frimpong before sending in a low cross which was beautifully connected by sub, Emmanuel Boateng. This goal on the 47th minute ensured that Kotoko never fully recovered. Wakaso, also a substitute played a ball behind the Kotoko defence to Atsu who shrugged off Wahab's challenge to plant the ball over Danlad. 

It was all Kotoko afterwards as the Stars took their leg of the pedal. It could have been a mammoth scoreline if the tide hadn't change after the inclusion of Naby Laye Keita and Stephen Nyarko. The rain pour with about 15 minutes to spare didn't ruin the beautiful spectacle on sale. 

With the club looking forward to reclaiming their lost continental powers, here are 4 things Akonnor should consider; 

1. The Prince Pass 
Against a well drilled Black Stars side, the Kotoko gaffer preferred a more cautious approach playing with Senanu and Bonsu in the centre. The pair looked solid against Afriyie Acquah and Sackey with Bernard Mensah even having to drop deep to keep the Stars midfield working. What Kotoko lacked was that pass from the base of midfield to the attack. This, Prince Acquah does so well. Not so robust but his range of passing was key to Fabin's success. His 10 minute cameo told a tale. 

2. Wahab-Badu  
An enviable duo with both complementing each other. It's a budding partnership but clearly they should know when to step up their line. Twice they played the high line and got punished for it. A ball over the top and they are found wanting. They looked more interested in following their opponents rather than checking their line. Simba SC did expose this too. Time to play the 3 back system? 

3. The Promising French Connection 
Yacouba Songne laboured all day trying to save the day once more. He looked isolated most often. Obed Owusu stationed on the right wing failed to provide any support centrally. The introduction of Naby Keita sparked life into the dead attack. Together, they took the ball to the Stars defence and at least a goal could have been scored but for Ati Zigi and poor decision making. Nonetheless, the pair looked a handful for the established defenders. 

4. The Left? 
Kotoko has constantly shuffled their cards with respect to the left wing, defensively and offensively. Blessed with the 3 natural left-backs now,  the club must also seek to find a  left footed winger. Against the Stars, Abass was did well running the wing but Emma Boateng's introduction meant he had to cut his forward incursions. With no identified left winger, the club was left wanting going forward as Yacouba tried filling up the void frequently. How many central midfielders will be forced to play as left wingers? 


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