3 Major Talking Points As Asante Kotoko Defeat Elmina Sharks Featured
24 May

3 Major Talking Points As Asante Kotoko Defeat Elmina Sharks

Asante Kotoko were far from their flowing best, especially in the first half, but they produced the quality moments in the game and in the end ran out comfortable winners at Kumasi.
 
Emmanuel Gyamfi and Sogne Yacouba’s goals were all Kotoko needed to be victors.
 
Here are 3 main talking points from the game..
 
Yacouba gives Kotoko a new lease of life
 
The Porcupine Warriors have regularly been undermined by a lack of pace and goalscoring prowess in the final third. All too often, the Kumasi lads little-to-no threat when it really mattered.
 
Not now, for with capture of Sogne Yacouba, Fabin’s side finally have at least one player capable of hitting the back of the net with some sort of regularity. With Sharks on the front foot in the first half, Yacouba’s willing running sparked something in both a quiet stadium and his teammates to swing the balance the Red’s way in the second half. 
 
His example in pressing intelligently from the front encouraged others to follw suit. His performance gave supporters a tantalizing glimpse of what they’ve been missing for some time now.
 
He got a goal and was adjudged the Most Valuable Player. If he continues in this vein, few will question the decision to spend so much on unknown foreign import.
 
Kotoko are still a work in progress
 
Common logic decrees that any side that overhauls their squad tends to struggle in the early part of the season. Relationships take time to strike up and setups are often subject to change as managers search for a winning formula. 
 
For Fabin’s Kotoko who made a string of signings during the window, their performance especially in the first half showed the Porcupine Warriors were a work in progress. Slow at the back, practically non-existant in midfield and overwhelmed in attack. They will surely need time to get to the top.
 
Frimpong experiment backfires
 
Eyebrows were raised before kick-off when young Samuel Frimpong was given the nod ahead of Augustine Sefa. The former Bekwai Youth Football Academy player had a decent trial with Kotoko hence his signing, but clearly seemed ill at ease in his first competitive game for his new employers. 
 
Lively in attack, Frimpong was caught out several times going the other way as Elmina Sharks attempted to exploit the weakness. Realising his mistake, Fabin had Augustine Sefa warming up well before the interval. 
 
The inevitable substitution saw Kotoko spark into life and looking more cohesive in both attack and defence.
 
In the light of the success of the change-together with the failure of the initial experiment- few will expect Fabin to replicate Wednesday’s bizarre starting line-up in the coming weeks.
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