BUDU's CORNER: Why Obed Owusu Deserves A Starting Place Against Coton Sport Featured
10 Jan

BUDU's CORNER: Why Obed Owusu Deserves A Starting Place Against Coton Sport

The forward joined Kumasi Asante Kotoko in the August of 2014 and made a clear noticeable impact as soon as he stepped into the team.

His performances in his first few games were a great portrayal of his abilities going forward in terms of passing, movement, accuracy and precision.

Owusu quickly found his feet while playing for the Porcupine Warriors.

Having previously played for Okwahu United, Gamba All Blacks, Berekum Chelsea and Istanbul Gungoresnspor, Owusu joined the club with a rich vein of experience and so didn’t take long for him to become a fan’s favourite at Asante Kotoko, with his incredible off field spiky persona, humility, and of course, talent on the field showing supporters why he was brought in.

He is also one of very few footballers who could change clubs for a rival team and still be heavily applauded and showered in appraisals.

As time has passed, he has found himself in and out of the team, unable to lock down his position. That’s not a bad thing with all the talent bubbling away next to him, but it should be well within Akonnor’s interest to start the former Berekum Chelsea hitman on a more regular basis especially in a cagey clash with Cotonsport de Garoua.

There will be times where players, such as Abdul Fatawu, Frederick Boateng and Naby Keita will be chosen ahead of him primarily because of their offensive qualities and sheer speed, but Owusu has shown over the years how important he is to the Kotoko team.

Admittedly, Obed Owusu may not give you the goals expected of him as an attacker but comes with other exceptional qualities lacked in the other Kotoko forwards save Songne Yacouba.

At 30, He may not be the strongest, and he’s certainly not the quickest, but he brings a sense of elegance and panache to this Kotoko team that others can’t.

The forward has been around the game for a long time and has won an awful lot. His experience is unparalleled and his technical ability up there with the very best on the local scene.

Obed Owusu has a penchant for skipping beyond would-be markers. With his deceptive gait allows him to be more agile and change direction more quickly, helping him to evade tackles.

He’s renowned for his clever movement, where he drifts into pockets of space from a false 9 to create angles for teammates.

His intelligence with space and eye for a pass also make him an attractive option playing behind a central striker and he can finish by any means necessary.

His versatility and ability to interchange across the front three perfectly fits in Akonnor’s formation and isn’t found wanting defensively too as his work- rate is pleasing to the eye.

Under Paa Kwesi Fabin, Owusu forged a good understanding with the Burkina international. His ability to retain the ball, positioning and pressing were the reasons why the Burkinabe had a rosy start to his Kotoko career.

Asante Kotoko’s offensive football is far more coherent and dangerous with Owusu playing from the off, partly due to his relationships he has not built up over time with being at the club for almost five years.

Bonds take time to forge, but Owusu’s one of the more experienced players now at the club, and that pays dividends when under pressure as the team have been recently. He may be approaching the latter stages of his career, but that doesn’t mean he should just be given a backseat role.

In fact, with the way he performs when called upon, Obed Owusu should be one of Akonnor’s go-to players in the more open games and the Cotonsport game is no exception.

Named in the team to make the trip to Cameroon, it is the prayer of many a Kotoko fan to see Obed Owusu given a place in the starting eleven and partnering Songne Yacouba in attack and they are not wrong there.

Obed Owusu deserves a place in the starting eleven.

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