3 Things To Watch In The Ashanti Derby As Kotoko Host Ashgold Featured
03 Jan

3 Things To Watch In The Ashanti Derby As Kotoko Host Ashgold

Matches involving the two are tumultuous, controversial and very important to both. They are the greatest clubs in the Ashanti Kingdom and are each a force to reckon with domestically.

With nothing else to play for other than trying to keep their respective teams in good shape as they await the return of league football and also own the tag as kingdom’s best, the Miners will throw everything at the Porcupine Warriors who, for their part will be looking forward to maintaining their superb form that has seen them pummeling all oppositions that dare faced them including a double victory over their sworn rivals, Accra Hearts of Oak and besting Kariobangi Sharks of Kenya in the CAF Confederation Cup.

So what factors need to be taken into account and what should we be looking for in terms of deciding the game as they honour John Agyekum Kuffour, Ghana's ex president?

Kotoko’s attacking prowess

The most enjoyable attacking combinations to watch are often the ones that remain impossible to stop despite their predictability.

It is no secret, for instance, that the attackers’ understanding on the pitch has become a highly efficient weapon for Kotoko.

If there’s one thing that has uplifted the Porcupine Warriors’ charge in recent times, it is the incredible amount of chances they convert.

Unlike previously where their attack let them down in a large portion of the matches played in the last season.

The problem seems to have been resolved with the presence of Songne Yacouba, Obed Owusu, and Frederick Boateng with the occasional support from Emmanuel Gyamfi, Fatawu Shafiwu and Jordan Opoku.

Akonnor’s attack is on fire and would surely be the reason why they would triumph over their regional rivals.

Osei Agyemang to prove a point

Richard Osei Agyemang meets Kotoko, his former club after he was released to join Ashgold earlier this year. Osei Agyemang sighs anytime he remembers his stint with Kotoko. How unwanted he was- he was considered surplus to requirement.

At Ashgold, things have changed for him. He has been one of the club’s most consistent performers and the reason behind the Club’s rosy splendid run in the halted league.

He will surely be an albatross on the neck of the Kotoko attack and would surely make the Management of Kotoko regret for letting go of him but how will he tame Songne Yacouba, Obed Owusu and Frederick Boateng? The field will definitely decide.

Senanu to excel again

Eyebrows were raised when Kotoko opted to sign the relatively unknown Phar Rangers’ midfielder, Richard Senanu in the course of the season.

Coach Paa Kwesi Fabin paid no heed to those against Senanu’s signing, instead chose to give the youngster an opportunity to impress, and the volante has not yet let his manager down.

He has since become the fulcrum of this Kotoko side and his performances in the double-legged affair with the Phobians are a testament of how talented he is.

Against Kariobangi Sharks, Senanu was solid again in the middle of the park on Sunday, demonstrating his intelligence, defending instinct and reading of the game.

He has become a mainstay in the Kotoko team already and has certainly filled the void vacated by Jackson Owusu and Seth Opare.

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