Richard Senanu: Meet Asante Kotoko’s Volante Likened To N’golo Kante Featured
17 Sep

Richard Senanu: Meet Asante Kotoko’s Volante Likened To N’golo Kante

When we talk of a team’s game management, it’s only ever as good as the man they have in the middle of the park.
 
Thankfully for Kumasi Asante Kotoko, they have Richard Senanu and it allows them to control proceedings like they did for long spells against Hearts of Oak in the first leg of the Super Clash played weeks ago.
 
 After several weeks of training with the Kumasi club, Senanu finally made his debut in May when the Porcupine Warriors played Elmina Sharks at the Baba Yara Sports stadium.
 
His performance on the day corroborated all the fuss about him since he first trained with Kotoko and why he is gradually becoming fan favourite. 
 
He’s slight of frame and looks like a strong gale will blow him over, but Senanu’s ability as a footballer makes up for all that. He loves to play as a defensive midfielder where his role, in one line, is to stop opposition attacks before they become dangerous, anywhere on the pitch, and to then start his own team's movement forward before the opposition has time to organise itself. 
 
He is not interested in scoring goals, but the player who will pass to the scorer. His job is to anticipate, intercept, pass, anticipate. 
 
Deployed alongside the steady Opoku in midfield, the former Phar Rangers man protected the backline with ease and maturity that belies his young age. 
 
He did his fair share of attacking work too, by playing some terrific long passes throughout the game; getting the ball to pacey Gyamfi and Yacouba, who would run at opposing defences in a quick counter.
 
It was just his first competitive game, but it felt like he’s been around forever. The one quality of the midfield metronome that stands out most is his exquisite control of the ball; smooth, magnetic, even at this early stint in his Kotoko career, like a seasoned face in the Ghanaian topflight.
 
Competitively, he has played 6 games, 3 in the league, 1 in the FA cup and 2 in friendlies that featured Hearts of Oak and Ashgold, with a yellow card.
 
He averages 3.5 tackles and 2.1 interceptions per 90 minutes while connecting with 50% of his team’s 78.1 pass attempts
Richard Senanu is a conductor. 
 
He makes the Kotoko team tick and rarely gives the ball away- but doesn’t just pass sideways. He is capable of spraying lengthy passes, keeping the game simple, or executing the killer balls that really matter.
 
It’s early days yet but Senanu has the wherewithal to thrive and find his name deeply ensconced in the annals of the club’s history.
 
Written by Godfred Budu Yeboah
Player stats by Richard Berko
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