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04 Jun

3 Things We Learned As Yacouba’s Brace Bested Aduana Stars

Sogne Yacouba’s brace edged Kumasi Asante Kotoko closer to the top of the league and condemned the reigning Ghanaian champions to a place in the relegation zone as the first of the season came to a close albeit a few outstanding games to be honoured.
 
Below are three things we learned from the Baba Yara Stadium
 
Aduana Stars offered little in attack
 
Felix Annan made a phenomenal save in the second half, the Kotoko goalkeeper tipping Justice Anane’s curling freekick onto the post in spectacular fashion. 
 
That was one of the few times Annan was called into meaningful action, though, with Aduana largely insipid and uninspired in attack.
 
Sam Adams was a willing runner throughout, but the Ogya boys were unable to give him the service he required. 
 
Nigerien Boubacar Soumana was wasteful and guilty of some poor decision-making in possession, while Yahaya Mohammed and Oba Ikama had little influence on proceedings. Bright Adjei’s penalty-area instincts ultimately got them a goal, but the nature of their attacking display will concern Yusif Abubakar.
 
Could Martey have been released more?
 
Yusif Abubakar opted for a midfield duo of Elvis Opoku and Noah Martey, with both players tasked with protecting the back four at all costs. 
 
At his best, Martey is a box-to-box operator who is adept at carrying the ball forward and contributing in attack, but he was constrained against Kotoko and rarely able to showcase his wide range of attributes. 
 
The former Bechem United man has not always been consistent this season, but it was a little puzzling that he was not afforded the license to push forward on occasion, particularly as Kotoko were keen to pack men behind the ball whenever they were out of possession.
 
Two – man strike force benefits Kotoko
 
Rather than use a mobile Yacouba as the focal point in attack, Paa Kwesi Fabin instead deployed the Burkinabe striker alongside Frederick Boateng in a 4-4-2 formation. 
 
While some may have expected Yacouba to be the most advanced striker, he instead looked to drop deep and leave Boateng as the furthest man forward with Emmanuel Gyamfi and Elvis Opoku making runs behind the strike pair as and when required.
Yacouba was often moved into midfield in search of possession in a bid to help spread the play. 
 
With the space vacated by Opoku and Gyamfi, and their markers dragged out of position, Yacouba had the chance to either pick a teammate or go for goal himself and was rewarded with a brace.
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