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5 THINGS WE NOTICED AS KOTOKO BREAKS COTONSPORT'S HOME INVINCIBILITY

Who said Gods do not travel when a mystery has to be unravelled? Well,  today the football Gods of Asante did when they permitted 2 unanswered goals within half an hour of the game played. Asante held on to win narrowly as their Cameroonian counterpart, Cotonsport would lose for the first time in over 20 games (all competitions).


Emmanuel Gyamfi gave the visiting side the lead with 10 minutes of the game played. The Ghanaian club kept pressing on and after some fine exchanges between Yacouba and Baako, the latter shot well to cushion Kotoko's lead. 3-2 to the Ghanaian club. 

Kotoko's Fatawu Safiu scored in between a late first half penalty converted by Khalilou Dauda and Gueme's goal for Cotonsport to ensure that the home side lost the first tie of the battle. 
The Ghanaian side now lead the tie and will hope to wrap it up when the two sides meet at the Babayara Stadium in Kumasi on Sunday, 20th January. The winner of the tie qualifies to the group stages of the CAF Confederations Cup, 2019 edition. 

Here are 5 things  we noticed as the duel ensued at the Yaounde Military Stadium.

1. REVENGE ON YACOUBA'S MIND 
The Burkinabe attacker led the line for Asante Kotoko in Cameroon as they recorded a rare away win in this tournament. The Bobo Dioulasso born forward definitely knowing his home club ASF Bobo Dioulasso were edged out of the CAF Champions League by the Cameroonian club, had an industrious day at work. He forced the goalkeeper into two saves within 20 minutes and should have scored at least a goal in the second period too. His goalscoring boots looks missing for now but his work rate ensured that the porcupine lads emerged victorious. Catch a glimpse of the final episode at the Babayara Stadium. 

2. FATAWU- CK's Man 
The former Vancouver Whitecaps man got the 3rd goal for Kotoko which happened to be the only difference between the two sides until the next duel. Safiu Fatawu who got a goal on his first home start against Kariobangi Sharks didn't disappoint today too. Comes every Coach, comes a new man. His pressing paid off again today as he latched on a loose back pass and instinctively notched it past the on rushing  goalkeeper. Safiu joined the Reds in November not long after C. K  had also signed the dotted lines. 2 games in the Conderations Cup,  2 goals!  👏 

3. Akonnor Stands,  Kotoko scores! 
The typical Kumasi football fan will equate a sitting Coach during games to a lazy Coach. Mr. Akonnor feeling at ease when his side went up by 2 goals with 30 minutes played traded standing with sitting and no sooner, Cotonsport had a penalty to reduce the deficit. He quickly stood up to see out the half. Clearly,  the players' need to see him stand or perhaps he needs to keep on reminding them of the training groundwork. Today, he replicates a feat which club last did 17 years ago, an away win in a CAF inter-club competition. 

4. Two Former Lions Share Role 
Asante Kotoko needed boy Kwame Bonsu formerly of Swedish Club Gefle IF made a debut in the competition and so did Prince Acquah. Acquah who has been on the books of the club for 2 years now was called on to replace Bonsu with less than 15 minutes to spare was a rare feature in the previous year's campaign. Both box-to-box midfielders benefitted from Hearts of Lions' scouting and after stints at the club, here there are again, defending the porcupine crest. Dream debuts as they both looked solid partnering the young midfield dynamo,  Richard Senanu. 

5. Emmanuel Gyamfi in the form of his Life 
The pacy winger blessed with trickery lacked only one thing to see him become a Fan Favorite,  goalscoring. Often criticized for his lack of ingenuity infront of goal,  the diminutive who has scored  a goal each in his last 2 games (including this) seems a man reborn. His ability to take the game to opponents has further increased and with this form, any club facing Asante Kotoko has a real torment to bear. Wait, is Baako bringing out the best in Gyamfi? One will say that "it's been coming". He last scored consecutively for the Reds against Bechem Utd and Elmina Sharks in the just past league season which was halted in June, 2018. Today he left the opponent's  goalkeeper crawling before scoring.  




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