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12 Jan

Three Things To Watch As Asante Kotoko Visit Coton Sport De Garoua

This game encapsulates everything a big game should. Both Asante Kotoko and Cotonsport will be raring to go come Sunday afternoon in one of the most highly-anticipated fixtures in this round of the CAF Confederation Cup.

Hosts, Cotonsport were booted from the Champions League after losing to Egyptian side Al Ismaily 4-3 on aggregate in the final round of qualifiers whilst Asante Kotoko edged past Kariobangi Sharks of Kenya on a 2-1 aggregate.

Both clubs require the victory for different reasons, though a result means the same to each set of fans.

And with plenty of gripping sub-plots to look forward to for the neutral spectator, the game promises to be very important, controversial and tumultuous for both clubs.

Let’s take a look at three things that could influence the outcome of the game.

Kotoko players playing for their futures Football players are no different from

You or I in that they are just doing their jobs, but after such recent poor performances under C.K. Akonnor, the players will play not only for their places, but also their futures.

Most of the players for the first time had a taste of continental club competition when Kotoko played the Kenyans and would really want to make a case for themselves as they take on the Cameroonian champions in the game on their way to etching their names in the club’s folklore.

Kids play can become reality only if there is a will. The Porcupine Warriors can realise their dream of annexing the championship but they must first deal with Cotonsport.

Cotonsport’s defensive woes

If there’s one thing that has underscored Cotonsport’s season, it’s the incredible amount of goals they’ve conceded.

No longer to be feared in many respects, their defence have let them down in a large portion of the matches played to date in 2018/19.

The Cottoners in the past league season scored 54 goals and conceded 24 in the process and also conceded 3 against Ismaily.

Ndassi Ngweni and Ndongo Foe are often found wanting in the bigger games, and against the likes of Songne Yacouba and Abdul Fatawu, the latter will be keen to prove a point thus exposing the inefficiencies of Ngweni and Foe.

Given that, their striker, Kamilou Daouda thrives on balls from the wings, Akonnor may have to tinker with his formation in order that there’s no drop-off from the usual supply lines.

Akonnorsformation

With other managers, this would be a section teaching us all what formations we should lookout for throughout the game, as each formation creates different results.

However, with C.K Akonnor, we should take note of which formation Kotoko starts with. More likely than not, it will be a formation they will take up for the entire game.

Akonnor’s unwavering commitment to his philosophy could be his weakness. We expect him to stick with his 4-4-2 formation with Songne Yacouba and Abdul Fatawu spearheading the attack.

In midfield, Richard Senanu and Prince Acquah are expected to start. The duo when playing together is terrific but could face a lot of trouble against better midfielders who have pace and skill.

Akonnor should play a safer approach with Acquah playing more through balls. Senanu’s box to box style is amazing and a true beauty to witness.

However, his significant strengths in box are much more evident when playing against superior attacking talent.

How Akonnor positions him on the field will determine the outcome of the game.

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