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6 THINGS WE OBSERVED AS KOTOKO WIN INTERNATIONAL DUEL WITH SAC FC

93 minutes into his Asante Kotoko stint and Charles Akonnor's side had picked 4 goals from the back of their net. On the contrary, Akonnor's last stint at Obuasi had seen him not conceding a goal at home and this start looked bad statistically. 

Kotoko fresh from their three nil defeat to the Black Stars on Friday crawled back from an Austin Uzo goal to win the day against SAC FC. Frederick Boateng scored in between two own goals scored by the Burkinabe club side.

Naby Keita appears to get past an opponent 
Save African Child Football Club,a newly promoted side to the Burkina Faso top flight league used the game as preparation for their upcoming season. 1-3, they lost away to the Kumasi based club.  

This was the club's 3rd consecutive time of scoring 3 goals in their last club friendlies. 13 goals scored in their last 5 club friendlies speaks well of a club that averaged a goal per game in the halted league. 

Good show from the fabulous boys as C. K Akonnor made 8 changes to the side that lost by 3 goals to the Black Stars.

Here are 6 things we observed as Akonnor recorded his first ever win as the Reds boss. 

1. CALLS FOR A PROPER SECOND PAIR OF GLOVES
Uzo's ball over Osei Kwame made fans miss the exploits of Felix Annan in the Royal Reds goal post. Annan blessed with the ability to read the game, is always quick of his line to intercept most balls played through to seek the runs of opposing attackers. Danlad suffered a similar fate when he failed to close Wakaso's long ball over the top to Atsu as the forward got the Stars third. The first goal conceded against the Black Stars was heartbreaking and Annan's emotions at the other end told young Danlad's story of the day. Kwame had good games against Storm Academy in the FA Cup and against Hearts in the friendly but to concede 4 goals in has last two outings is bad too. Kotoko definitely needs a quality back up for Annan if they are to get anywhere near African inter-club glory. 

2. 3 GOALS,  3 COACHES 
In the last 3 club friendlies played so far at the Babayara Stadium, the club have been led by 3 different coaches. Interestingly, each Coach has managed to score 3 goals. Fabin won by 3 goals to 2 against Ashantigold, Patron also led the club to a 3 nil thumping of Chelsea and finally Akonnor has also won by 3 goals to 1 over SAC FC. Any precedent? 

3. SYLLA USEFUL TO THE AGOROBALL 
Often left out of the matchday squad, Ivorian, Sylla Vie Mohammed was given a start and he impressed with his deft touches. This was his first start in 5 months and he took it well as he even got on the scoresheet though it was disallowed. He could be beneficial to the Coach's philosophy of playing an attacking oriented game since he has the ability to combine well with team mates in the build up. He can also skip past an opponent when need be and he has a good range of passing. He looks soft and lacks the ability to track down the flank, a requisite for wingers. Yet he looked better this day. 

4. ABASS CAN NAIL THE LEFT BACK POSITION 
The young left-back is gradually settling into his new job. An injury sustained kept the former USL side Penn FC player out of the game and at Kotoko a relaunch looks feasible. His marauding runs on the left side of the field coupled with his ability to mark out opponents makes him a delight to watch. His ball playing abilities suits the 'Agoroball' philosophy. With the recovery of Daniel Darkwah and the availability of young Isaac Amponsah, the technical team is spoilt for choice at left-back. 

5. KEITA AND CONTE HERE TO STAY 
Naby Keita continued to impress the Kotoko technical team with some delightful football and looks set to seal a deal with the club. The Guinean is yet to score a goal in his two outings but his ability to take the ball to defenders was evident in the game against the Black Stars and once again he repeated the dose. Kwame Bonsu  'Conte' came on and his long drive ricocheted off an opponent to give Kotoko their third goal. Bonsu will be a good addition to the squad. Conte-Boom! 

6. FREDERICK BOATENG BREAKS HIS GOAL DUCK
Goals bring confidence and today leading the attack in Yacouba's absence, Frederick Boateng gave the new gaffer a good impression with a goal and some good play as the porcupines emerged victorious. He found his luck inhis first start under the new gaffer as he did under former coach Fabin. His last scored for the club in a league game against Wa All Stars at Wa in April. He could have got a brace had he not slipped with only the SAC FC goalkeeper to beat. Don't forget him yet fabulous fans. 





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