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7 THINGS WE NOTICED AS KOTOKO EDGED PAST HEARTS

Songne Yacouba stole the show as he scored a goal in each half to settle the first leg of the Taabea Super 2 clash.  Asante Kotoko head into the next tie on a 2 goal advantage.


Coach Paa Kwasi Fabin's side displayed great desire in a game keenly contested between the two club giants. The Phobians hopes of getting back on level terms was dented a huge blow when Robert Addo was sent off in the second half. 

The next leg comes off on 2nd September at the same venue. 

Here are 7 things we noticed from the game; 

Hearts Miss Cobbinah
Hearts' coach, Seth Hoffman named a solid midfield with Samudeen Ibrahim seemingly handed departed Cobbinah's duties. Tried as he did he couldn't really thread a neat ball through and together with Isaac Mensah starved Obeng Jnr and Razak off any good supplies.

Augustine Sefah the Man of the Match?
The right back has excelled in any Super Clash he has featured in and today was no exception. His hard challenge on the 10th minute led to the substituton of Joseph Esso. His absence weakened Hearts' frontline. This swung the pendulum to Kotoko's side. Once more, he kept Patrick Razak at bay. Always quick to flare up his temper.

Good Old River Jordan 
Jordan Opoku never ceases to flow and like wine, he is getting better with age. He worked his socks off on the left wing by tracking most of Fatawu Mohammed's runs. Thus, preventing him from delivering a handful of crosses. He further lit the stadium with some good twists and turns after setting up the second goal.

Malik Can't Thrive Without Aminu 
For all of his robust play and good passing, Malik Akowuah has shown in the past Super Clashes that he plays best with Aminu Mohammed behind him. Aminu does he mopping up best and today Coach Seth Hoffman played him on the bench. He probably undermined his potential. Akowuah can be caught up in joining the offensive play and his giveaway led to the first goal.

Fabin Right to let Jackson leave? 
Coach Paa Kwasi Fabin allowed Jackson Owusu to leave the club on loan after the arrival of Richard Senanu and the inclusion of Stephen Nyarko later on. Senanu has shown time and again that he is the ideal holding midfielder for the club with his recent outings. Should Jackson had stayed, he would have a real competitor in the young Senanu. Against Akowuah and Samudeen,  he showed class.

Red Hot Yacouba 
Since joining the Kumasi based club, the Burkinabe national has shouldered the club's goal scoring burden and he had the best laugh again today. With 3 goals in 3 games at the Babayara Stadium before the halt of the league, the forward got a brace to condemn Hearts to a defeat. The brace is his second in the last two games at the stadium,  4 goals in the last 2 games at the Babayara Stadium.

Prince Acquah Found His Feet? 
The central midfielder joined the club ahead of the 2017 league season amidst great expectations from Heart of Lions. His performances in the off season games under Michael Osei weren't good enough to see him play as Steve Polack opted for the partnership of Seth Opare and Jackson Owusu instead. Luckily enough he has found his feet in recent games under Coach Fabin after he nearly left the Kumasi based club at the start of the 2018 season.

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