4 major talking points as Kotoko edge past Dwarfs Featured
12 Apr

4 major talking points as Kotoko edge past Dwarfs

Frederick Boateng got the all important win for Kumasi Asante Kotoko in his first league outing for the Porcupines. It was a hard fought battle but Asante Kotoko emerged victors. 

 
It was all the fans needed after their loss to Ashgold last weekend.
 
Dwarfs' Solomon Gyasi Okudzeto had early on cancelled Obed Owusu's early strike for Kotoko.
 
Below are four talking points from the Baba Yara Stadium.
 
Should Kotoko continue without Saddick Adams?
 
With the unavailability of Saddick Adams, Coach Fabin opted for a 4-4-2 formation with Obed Owusu and Frederick Boateng as split strikers. 
 
The duo didn't disappoint as they both etched their names on the scoresheet to win the day for Kotoko. The formation largely worked for the Porcupines, who, posed a constant threat on the counter-attack with ball carrying ability and speed of their nominal centre-forwards. 
 
Emmanuel Gyamfi provided another outlet when he pushed forward from the right, while Baba Mahama and Prince Acquah look to break into the box whenever possible. 
 
Adams has been in woeful form in front of goal in recent times now, with his confidence at an all-time low. Given his side’s fluidity and counter-attacking threat against Dwarfs, Fabin may be tempted to leave the ex- national star out of the side even if he returns to full fitness.
 
Gasie's exit affected Dwarfs
 
The second half didn’t bring an immediate burst of confidence from the hosts and, instead Dwarfs should have gotten the winner after restoring parity.
 
The visitors continued to exploit the spaces in behind from the get-go and, while it was still 1-1, the nervy edge that lingered in the quiet atmosphere refused to disperse. 
 
The only noise that was coming from the imposing stands were groans in demand that the Porcupines up their game.
 
Dwarfs' Albert Gaisie had a decent game until he was shown the exit with few minutes to end proceedings. Kotoko capitalised on their numerical advantage on Dwarfs till they got the winner through Frederick Boateng.
 
Gyasi Okudzeto is a class act
 
The first year University of Cape Coast student is indeed a top-notch who could go a long way in etching his name in the country's football folklore. 
 
The attacker was all things to the mysterious club at the Baba Yara stadium; initiating attacks, winning tackles, headers and cajoling team-mates.Inspiring. He crowned his superb output with a goal but unfortunately ended the game on the losing side.
 
 His performance against Kotoko was another huge ringing endorsement of his ability and find himself stalked by the giants within the shortest possible time.
 
Malaise around Baba Yara hasn't cleared yet.
 
There were many empty seats at the Baba Yara on Wednesday and while Obed Owusu's goal helped eased the tension, there were still periods of unrest when Dwarfs were on top. The championship title means a lot to the fans and thus expect their players to give out their all when called to duty. 
 
This was nevertheless an important triumph to prevent the atmosphere around the club deteriorating even further, but there is still a long way to go before the malaise in the camp of Kotoko clears.
 

By: Godfred Budu Yeboah

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