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7 THINGS WE LEARNT AS KOTOKO DEFEAT ASHGOLD IN DERBY

Kumasi Asante Kotoko fans were this afternoon giving a glimpse of what the  future holds as Coach Paa Kwasi Fabin's boys defeated their league counterparts from Obuasi. 3 goals to 2! the homesters won fighting back twice after going down. 

The much talked about game was given the first taste of a goal as Saddick Adams scored from the penalty spot for the away side on the 36th minute. Yacouba Songne calmed down the home fans nerves when he beautifully sent a freekick past the human wall and a rooted Dabuo to equalise for the home side. One all the first half ended. 


Upon resumption of the second period, another former Asante Kotoko player, Eric Donkor took advantage of some sloppy defensive play when he latched on a loose ball which he powerfully sent past Felix Annan. The visitor's were once more silenced when Yacouba calmly headed home at the back post to restore parity with 56 minutes played. 

All up for grabs now, Wahab Adams settled the cagey encounter with another sweet header to put the porcupines infront with a little over 20 minutes to go. 

The first leg is settled with a return fixture to be played  next Sunday at the Obuasi Len Clay Stadium. 

Here are7 things that caught our lens;

1. Heroes Come and Go! 
One season ago, Saddick Adams was the kingpin for the Kumasi based club until his sudden transfer to the Elephants. His panenka in the shootout against Hearts of Oak, his hat-trick in the FA Cup final against the same side and his freekick goal against Medeama made him an instant toast among the supporters. Today, the fans booed every contact he made with the ball as theyP cheered up a new found hero, Songne Yacouba. Saddick got as many as 10 goals in close to 16 appearances for his former employees but today Songne's brace gives him a better goal per game ratio compared to the former. 


2. Champion Loses Bet 
President of Ashantigold SC, Dr. Frimpong (Champion) promised hell and heaven that his side were going to defeat Kotoko at their own backyard. The renowned medical practitioner, took to radio stations to make claims of giving his Lamborghini away once his side lost. He further on placed a bet with Asante Kotoko Chairman, Dr. Kyei. According to him, if his side lost to his old friends' club, he was going to give him a house situated close to the Achimota Golf Course. Well, he lost to the oil magnete and many would love to see how this ends up. No cheap talking! 

3. Consistent Yacouba Outshines Saddick and Djodi
The Burkinabe import got his 3rd brace for Asante Kotoko since joining them as he twice levelled matters for the home side. A brace against Aduana, another against Hearts of Oak a fortnight ago and another against Ashantigold speaks volumes of his performance. His freekick, 2nd since joining them, outlined his supreme technical abilities. Twice, he silenced Osei Agyemang with gestures during his goal celebrations. He wears a red heart! 8 goals in 10 games isn't a bad start. Had it not being for the metalwork he could have registered his first hat-trick for the Ghanaian club. 

4.Officiating, will it get any Better? 
The knights of the Whistle were implicated in the 'Number 12' espose and with the return of association football, one would have expected nothing less than an upgrade. In the Super Clash bout, the fans of Hearts were after the middle man. Today, Referee Antwi was not man enough. The young referee did have close to 80% of his calls right but his inability to flash the caution card clearly marred the beauty of the game. 

5. Kwame Boahene returns after 4 months out 
The diminutive wideman has been troubled with a recurring dead leg since his good start to the season. Having had a rather low key first season, he bounced back more confident at the end of the season and carried it into the new season. He was spectacular in the CAF Confederations Cup qualifier against CARA Brazaville as well as the GHALCA Top 8 Tournament. After which, he has managed just a start and he marked his second game of the season with some good twists and turns as well as ball trappings. Can he take up the position from good old Jordan Opoku? 

6. Return of the Fabulous Three 
Isaac Quansah's presence and we could have been talking of the Fabulous Four! Osei Agyemang, Eric Donkor and Saddick Adams returned to the Babayara Stadium seeking to inflict pain on their former employees. Donkor and Adams got a goal each but unluckily, it wasn't enough as the home side edged past them courtesy Wahab's glancing header. Osei Agyemang found a battle in Kotoko's Yacouba. However tough that was, he did show some part of his good old self. 

7. The New Ashantigold? 
After the departure of Coach Akonnor, many were eager to see what the newly appointed Jorge Christiansen had up his sleeves. Ashantigold's mid and counter pressing was a delight to watch except for instances of too much aggression. The away side could have seen atleast two red cards if the Referee had played by the rules of the game. This isn't Akonnor's free scoring side he built. 



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