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7 THINGS ADUANA STARS MUST CONSIDER DOING AFTER A POOR SEASON

After 8 months of football dormancy, the wait was over once the transitional competition kick started. Fans in Dormaa couldn't wait to see how their stars' will shape up after a tedious 2018 where their club got knocked out of the African Club Competitions coupled with average performances in the local league. 
Most player's eagerness to continue their careers outside of Dormaa climaxed a below par season. Tricky winger, Zacharia  Mumuni, lanky forward, Derick Sasraku and  midfielder metronome, Emmanuel Boateng all joined the exodus bandwagon. Not much additions were made but 7 years after winning their maiden league trophy in their debut season, an encore of 2017 was all the fans' rallied for. 
Under the tutelage of inexperienced Coach Tandoh, 2019 was all but an experimental year for the Ogya Boys. After 13 games in charge, Aduana's hopes of tasting Continental Club football is a thing of the past. The killer punch was delivered when the club bowed out of the Tier 2 knockout competition to Berekum based Arsenal FC. Likely, conceding at home for the first time to Kotoko and losing 1-4 at Obuasi in the Tier 1 games cannot be easily forgotten.
A dodgy season ended for the Green and Yellows of Dormaa, here are 7 things that must be considered going forward. 


Keep Tandoh!
Uncelebrated, the former physical instructor manned the touch lines in an average season. He blended the inexperienced with the experienced and ensured that the Dormaa lads were up there physically. 13 games, 4 wins and 4 loses told his tale. His side managed just 12 goals in the 13 games but his player selection and innovation in player roles is a plus. Tenacious in his game approaches, his technical ability cannot be down played with his good post game analyses. His unprintable words after the loss against Kotoko tells his passion and desire to lead the club.



New Central Defensive Pair
Going forward, Aduana must depend on the future partnership of Caleb Amankwaah and Farouk Adams in central defense. The club shipped in 12 goals in 13 games but one thing was certain, whenever this two paired up, opposing attackers had a battle. Caleb, a right back by trade faired excellently anytime he played in the middle of the park. Either on the left or right, his passing, game reading and aerial ability was never in doubt. When he played with Farouk against Kotoko in Kumasi, he had a partner in crime. Farouk for all his aggression, is the perfect soldier for any war. His passion candle stands brightest. With Emmanuel Akuoko and Paul Aidoo still around, the duo have good mentorship. 16 goals were conceded in 2018 after 12 league games spelling a weakness at the rear which must be remedied.



A Central Midfielder Needed

Emmanuel Boateng and Gockel Ahortor were never replaced and it told this season. The club relied on Elvis Opoku and Noah Martey for larger parts of the season bar the latter's suspension. In Noah's absence, Paul Aidoo had to step in to partner Opoku which didn't produce the gel to trouble the opposite midfielder. The trio mostly used look solid but not so efficient in the opponent's third. A new face must be brought in, one who can be more creative with the ball at his feet. Any name comes to mind?



Time Up

Goalkeeping has never been too much of a problem for the Green and Yellows. The shift from Stephen Adams to Joseph Addo wasn't much of a retrogress with both having had national team call ups. From the days of Adams, the club has never been confident in their back up shot stoppers. Celestine Damptey, Adams' deputy never had a run just as Addo's Tijani Ahmed. Probably due to lack of challenge, Joseph Addo has been a place shadow of himself in recent seasons. He easily concedes from free kicks and seems to have lost that command in the goal post. Substituted in the 1-4 whitewashing at the Len Clay Stadium, the former Ghanaian under 17 lost his place in the subsequent games. Whatsoever be the case, his days look over and Aduana must find a safe hand elsewhere.



Crucial Agyei

For all his industry, Bright Agyei never was Aduana's go-to man. A fan favorite, Bright scored just once having led the line mostly alone with Yahaya Mohammed spending much time in the treatment room. Bright who fancies to play behind the centre forward must be retained with Yahaya Mohammed fading out. Statistically, from the 2015/16 season, only Yahaya Mohammed has scored more league goals (30) than Bright (22). The ex Tema Youth product is the only ready made replacement if Yahaya Mohammed is to sign off.

Wide Strength
Blessed with quality in full backs and sidemen, Aduana Stars must look to build mostly from the flanks. The dexterity of Hafiz Adams and the pace of Justice Anane can prompt a 3 back system. Up front, the creativity of  Congolese Ulitch Ikama and Nigerian Sam Adams lies in wait. Samuel Bioh can function in both spaces too. With such ability, the club should have be working hard to build mostly through the flanks. A good telepathy between full backs and wingers can see the club up their goal scoring.



Move Fatawu to the Centre

An average season endured by the Dormaa club but certainly Fatawu Abdul Karem  was above average. He scored 40‰ of the club's goals in the Tier 1 competition playing mostly from the left side of attack. With the ability to score with both head and feet, he can be moved centrally to provide the midas touch. In most games, crosses were sent in with no connection to them. With the desire shown and the ability to hold on to the ball, he can be stationed centrally. His aggression and desire to win balls will be key as a centre forward.
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