Kotoko 1 vs 1 Ashgold: 4 Things We Learned As Ashgold Hold High- Flying Kotoko Featured
07 Jan

Kotoko 1 vs 1 Ashgold: 4 Things We Learned As Ashgold Hold High- Flying Kotoko

Kumasi Asante Kotoko and Obuasi Ashantigold drew 1-1 in an entertaining encounter in Kumasi. The game produced all one could expect from the clash and birthed two great goals.

Emmanuel Gyamfi opened the scoring for the Porcupine Warriors when his pile driver beat goalkeeper Frank Boateng leaving the Ashgold goalie helpless like a headless chicken stranded in the Arabian desert.

Ashgold accepted the challenge and had the equalizer through Richard Ella Djodi who scored a Coutinho-esque curler to send the game to extra time.

Below are four things we learned from the J.A. Kuffour memorial game in Kumasi.

It didn’t take long for intensity to drop for Akonnor’s charges

Kotoko started the game with great gusto, exerting their authority on their opponents, popping the ball around at speed and making Ashgold do plenty running but failed to score to put the game beyond the Miners during their best moments of the game with their attacking play fizzling out later in the game and almost got punished in a dramatic fashion in the dying embers of the game.

With Coton Sport Garoua as their next opponents, the Porcupine Warriors must play above themselves throughout the two legs to ensure victory against the reigning Cameroonian league champions.

It looks cagey for Akonnor but he’ll need to find a way to secure a good result in Cameroon if he is to have any chance at all of seeing his side in the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup. As must-win matches go its right up there.

Yacouba fails to glitter

In terms of pure talent, there are few strikers domestically that can match Songne Yacouba.

The Burkina Faso international should be dominating games for Kotoko, but something is just not right at the moment for the man who began his Kotoko career on a very good note as he struggled to make an impact against Ashgold.

He was much better in the second period, and brought a decent acrobatic save from Boateng through a goal-mouth melee, but it was still nowhere near good enough from a player of his calibre.

No Senanu No Party

C.K.Akonnor knows he has one of, if not the best volante in the country.

When one player is out, another of similar quality slots in, a scenario that’s not afforded to most teams.

However in order to get results especially in such games, you need your big names playing, and Richard Senanu is just about the biggest of them all. The former Phar Rangers midfielder was an unused sub on Sunday.

His absence really affected the Porcupine Warriors as they struggled to penetrate the solid Ashgold midfield that had James Akaminko and Appiah McCarthy.

The midfield impetus of Kotoko was reduced in his absence as Agyemang Badu and Kwame Bonsu struggled to cope with the positioning and astute awareness of their rivals.

Akaminko the brightest player on the day

Calm, assured and a leader. Three words you wouldn’t normally find yourself writing about James Akaminko, but yesterday he was all three and more.

The talent has always been there for him but so often in big games it has been his mind which lets him down.

Not yesterday though as he put in one of the best displays of his career in the Miners’ stalemate with the hosts.

Classy on the ball and a terrier in defence, the crowd rose to a stunning display from the young man in the middle of the park.

He provided a remainder that he is a real weapon in Tanasijevic’s armoury when he outplayed the Kotoko midfield that had the likes of Agyemang Badu and Kwame Bonsu.

Not even the introduction of Daniel Nii Adjei could stop him from bullying his way through the Kotoko midfield.

It came as no surprise when he was adjudged the Most Valuable Player of the game.

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