29 Mar

NC SPECIAL CUP: Is it going to be a competition for Gyamfi, Fatawu or Yacouba?

After Asante Kotoko's incredibly sublime performance in the 2018/19 CAF Confederation Cup, it has predisposed its supporters to monumental hope for them to expect a more scintillating play in the special competition from the end of Ghana Football Association (GFA) Normalization Committee.

Many never tipped the Reds to appreciate the  group stage qualification after a little over a decade of awful performance in the CAF inter-club competition.
Astonishingly, Charles Kwablan Akonnor, who has spent only five months at the club and his charges put up a blistering performance to coerce them to achieve a feat they've toiled for in so many years.
As domestic football is about to resurrect after 9-month in comatose following ace investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas and his Tiger Eye PI's team explosive work on corruption in Ghana football, keen interest will be given to the local game as to how football will go in the aftermath of the exposé.
The uncompromising exposè which captured how officialdom influence the outcome of football matches extremely vandalized the very foundation holding football in the country. And also, it collapsed the 13-year reign of the then President, Kwasi Nyantakyi who's currently serving life ban handed to him by FIFA.
In line to get football back on its toes and free from scandalous dealings, world football governing body, FIFA, instituted a Normalization Committee to normalize the game many love in the country.
After back-and-forth, the Premier League Clubs have agreed to let football taste the soil once more, and, it commences over the weekend at various centres.
Kickgh.com reporter Sasu Danquah, takes a look into three players who will don the colours for the Porcupines to bring an unmatched excitement to the vociferous supporters of Asante Kotoko.
■Emmanuel Gyamfi is a ball whisperer. He does not ping his passes, he persuades them, coaxing them into corridors spotted only by his eyes. His size is no hindrance, in fact, it has made him the sharp, instinctive player that defenders find it to difficult to tame.
He possesses blistering pace, strikes the ball beautifully, equip with some sensational skills and great vision. The overwhelming winger scored three goals and added two assists in the Confederation Cup.
■Abdul Fatau Shafiu is one of the players Coach C.K. Akonnor can build his team around following his superlative performance in the CAF tournament.
The highly-rated midfielder will be one of the key players to thrill football fans with his maddening footwork. The captivating football genius scored 3 goals in eight appearance for Asante Kotoko SC and assisted two for his colleagues to also score.
He is blessed with tailor measured passes, speed, shrewd interceptor of the ball and phenomenal attacking prowess.
He is a sapien attacking midfielder who exhibits remarkable maturity on the field, well composed and confident with the ball.
■Songnè Yacouba, undoubtedly, the most important player among the Reds though he couldn't score much as expected in the CAF Confederation Cup competition, but his shrewdness upfront has never been in doubt.
He is one who gives a lot of options to coaches. He is an embodiment of amazing speed and quickness, good touch, physical strength and confidence.
The goal-poacher in the African campaign scored two goals and provided five assists.
Asante Kotoko will begin the competition with former Premier League winners Dormaa Aduana Stars at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium over the weekend.
Who among the aforementioned players would you tip to hit the mark above the mark with the Ghanaian giants?
By: Sasu Danquah High Priest
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