KOTOKO 1-0 ADUANA: 4 Things We Learned As Kotoko Best Aduana Stars Featured
01 Apr

KOTOKO 1-0 ADUANA: 4 Things We Learned As Kotoko Best Aduana Stars

The Ogya boys got off to a losing start in the Normalisation Committee’s organised special competition after a 0- 1 loss to Asante Kotoko at the Baba Yara Sports stadium on Sunday.

Abass Mohammed’s first half  strike shot the hosts into commanding first half lead and they did very well to defend that goal to claim all points after match day one. The visitors were filled with angst after a perfect goal scored by Yaya Mohammed was disallowed by the officiating officials.
 
Below are four things we learned from the clash in Kumasi.
 
No Yacouba No Party
 
C.K. Akonnor knows he has one of, if not the best player in the competition. 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 at this stage, you need your big names playing, and Songne Yacouba is just about the biggest of them all.
 
The Burkina Faso forward was absent in Kotoko’s team that played Aduana Stars on Sunday. His absence really affected the Porcupine Warriors as they struggled to penetrate the solid Aduana defence albeit a spirited first-half performance.
 
The attacking impetus of the Akonnor’s team was reduced in his absence and would thus surely need a sound and fit Songne Yacouba to champion their cause in this competition.
 
Toothless Aduana Stars set for another disappointing season
 
In general the Ogya Boys were OK until they got into the final third. There were plenty of huffing and puffing from Tandoh’s men but very little in the way of cutting edge in the box.
 
One or two chances went begging in the first half but they couldn’t make good use of them. Forward Yaya Mohammed tried in vain to make an impact on the game, but he had very little service.
 
Not the sort of forward to create something out of nothing. The Ogya boys need to find a way to get more crosses in the box if Yaya Mohammed is to make a success of this campaign. 
 
Kotoko not convincing enough despite triumph
 
Kotoko might have won the game but they were far from being a tournament favourite.
 
The Porcupine Warriors were guilty of being overly pedestrian with their passing, though, while they are were also hampered by a lack of natural width as Emmanuel Gyamfi and Martin Antwi continually drifted inside.
 
Teguy Zabo spurned two excellent opportunities either side of half-time. Kotoko’s approach was rather flat, however, and it took a header from a set-piece to make the breakthrough.
 
Could Martey have been released more?
 
W.O. Tandoh opted for a midfield duo of Elvis Opoku and Noah Martey, with both players tasked with protecting the back four at all costs.
 
At his best, Martey is a box-to-box operator who is adept at carrying the ball forward and contributing in attack, but he was constrained against Kotoko and rarely able to showcase his wide range of attributes.
 
The former Bechem United man has not always been consistent in this fixture, but it was a little puzzling that he was not afforded the license to push forward on occasion, particularly as Kotoko were keen to pack men behind the ball whenever they were out of possession.
 
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