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GOLAZO WEEKLY- YACOUBA BRACED FOR KOTOKO CHALLENGE

On Golazo this week, we take a look again at a player who made a marked difference between his team and their opponents. Largely known, football matches are won on goals.Like Ian Rush said, "It's best being a striker. If you miss five then score the winner, you're a hero."  Golazo celebrates such. 

The first round of the league has elapsed and news of managers being fired and replaced will once make waves. Obviously most clubs are on assessment during the recess trying to sharpen all rough edges identified from the elapsed round. Can one deny the fact that managers are good as the players available to them?  
Yacouba (10) on national team duty
Hafiz Konkoni returned to get a winner for Bechem Utd to increase his personal tally to 8 goals. Young striker, Tahiru Muniru also scored a 93rd minute goal for Medeama to cancel out Traore's leader for Hearts. William Opoku scored a late winner for Karela United in usual fashion against Inter Allies. Just to say, there are many contenders for Golazo this week but Songne Yacouba of Asante Kotoko's brace against defending league champions Aduana Stars stood out.  

Burkinabe Attacker, Songne Yacouba decides Asante-Aduana Derby 

The boots of the 26 year old attacker first touched the premier league field when he represented Kotoko in the one nil loss to Hearts of Oak on Matchday 10. Though he was on the losing side, the attacker got the fans up and applauding anytime he had the ball. Clearly, the Babayara Stadium needed some inspiration and like that he appeared.  

Yacouba featured in the Porcupines first game in the off season as they prepared for the new season under then Coach, Steve Polack. Kotoko defeated Cornerstones also based in Kumasi by 4 goals to nothing though he didn't score. His close control, strength on the ball and ability to run at opponents with the ball made him an instant toast among the supporters. 

How frustrating it might have been for him when he had to wait till the end of April to get his registration done. He became the second foreigner to be registered after Ivorian Mohammed Sylla. After such a long wait,  he unleashed his vernom.


Big occasions are made for big players and Yacouba proved that. Against a star studded Aduana Stars team, the Kotoko team needed some spark and Yacouba sparkled. His two well taken strikes increased his goal tally to 4 in 5 matches. He has been involved in 5 of the 6 goals scored in the 5 games he has been played. Nothing good happens to Kotoko without him.
Yacouba is congratulated by his captain, Amos Frimpong(20) 
On his debut, he forced Hearts' goalkeeper Ben Mensah into making 2 good saves from dead ball situations. That was promising but was he ever going to find the back of the net? Of course he would. With just 7 minutes gone into the game against Aduana he gallantly stepped up and with ease bent a low drive past the human wall with the opposing goalkeeper caught ball watching. 

With some menacing runs, he proved a handful for the Aduana defenders and with less than 3 minutes into the second half he showed great awareness to peel away from his marker to poke a Prince Acquah low cross from the left into the net. Both goalkeeper and defender were astonished.

Surprisingly, he is the first player to defend once Kotoko are without the ball in the opponents third.

Watch Yacouba's well taken free kick Vs Aduana Stars

He won the club the maximum points at stake with those two strikes. He just needed 5 games to be the clubs top scorer in the league. How expensive can that right foot be? How consistent can he be? Already capped for the Stallions, he is in contention for Paulo Duarte's team. 

Hopefully we get to see more of those strikes again in the next phase of the league?  
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