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8 THINGS WE OBSERVED AS KOTOKO FINALLY DEFEAT HEARTS BY 4 GOALS

Asante Kotoko did the double over arch rivals Hearts of Oak to emerge as eventual winners of the Taabea Super 2 cup. An inspired second half saw the home side record another two nil win over their bitterest foes.


Goals from substitutes Obed Owusu and Emmanuel Gyamfi ensured that Coach Fabin's side did less work of their opponents in the two legged duel.

The fans in red will be left to savour the sweet moves that have characterized their goals so far until otherwise. Four nil on aggregate, how they wish it was just a one off game scoreline. 

Here are 8 things we observed;

Hoffman sacrificed Steal for Steel 
In the first leg, the interim Head Coach went for more flair and style choosing to play with Samudeen and Akowuah in central midfield. Isaac Mensah ,Esso and Razak had the duty to pick the pockets of the Kotoko defenders. Today, Hoffman decided to go in for more grit in the middle by partnering Akowuah ,Aminu, Samudeen and Kodie in a tight midfield. This paid off somehow until Akowuah left the quartet. 

Beck-come! 
Emmanuel Gyamfi known to some as Beckham marked his return to the field of play after an injury with some stupendous display. The pacy wide man replaced Michael Yeboah and instantly exploited the space behind Heart's Radi Avouka. His run resulted in the first goal before he got the second  goal on the 82nd minute. The winger had missed close to four previous friendlies due to an injury. 

Akowuah's Water Breaks
Malik Akowuah, aside being known for his excellent ball distribution can also be hailed for his energetic outings. Suggestedly, he had Aminu playing behind him today with support from Kodie so the midfielder was at his free best. Interestingly, by taking up the role of passing info from the bench to the players, he occasionally took water breaks. Akowuah took advantage of not less than 5 stoppages in the first half to enjoy some water while listening to Hoffman.

Obed Resurrects? 
The experienced forward has had a somehow torrid stay at Asante Kotoko in relation to goalscoring. Obed has been the pick of every coach since he joined the club in about four years. Surprisingly, the attacker blessed with some good work rate barely fires a shot to rattle the back of the net. With less than two goals per each previous season, the attacker has scored twice in his last 3 official outings. His rebound on the 69th minute swung the game in favour of the homesters.

Off-man?
The Coach since assuming his interim schedule had been doing good in recent friendlies by defeating Liberty and Bechem United respectively. His two losses against Asante Kotoko has heaped misery on his rather good start to his phobian life.

Obeng Jr not so Ideal? 
After a failed move to Asante Kotoko, the attacker who impressed in an FA Cup duel for Nea Salamina against Asante Kotoko opted for Hearts of Oak. In his last 4 games against Asante Kotoko all coincidentally in Kumasi, the forward has struggled to glitter. His desire has been spot on but sometimes success goes beyond just desire and hardwork. Entrusted with the responsibility to find goals for the Accra side, Obeng had been impressive in recent friendlies against Bechem and Liberty until the Super Clash sapped his good run. The youngster showed promise in the opening stages of the game but gradually died out as the seconds counted. 

Did you see the Trophy lap? 
During the halftime break, the trophy was taken on a lap walk around the Field. From where I sat to watch the game,many were not so much enthused with the manner in which it was done. Bodybuilders were given the duty to execute which they did but many were not so enthused. What was that? 

Nyarko stakes claim!
Stephen Nyarko returned to Asante Kotoko after a spell in Tunisia with Club Africa. The midfielder's return was met with the ban on football and as such he never got to showcase his talent to many a Kotoko fan. In these two legs, he has came on and showed his dexterity and eye for pass with his solo run to set up Gyamfi's goal too much saucy. 

Asante Kotoko next plays Ashgold in the Ashanti derby.
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