CAFCL: 3 Things To Watch As Asante Kotoko Seek To Thwart High-Flying Etoile du Sahel Featured
12 Sep

CAFCL: 3 Things To Watch As Asante Kotoko Seek To Thwart High-Flying Etoile du Sahel

As Asante Kotoko look to keep pace with the best on the continent, they couldn’t really have asked for a better fixture than a clash with the Tunisian giants.

Etoile du Sahel have genuine aspirations of getting themselves recognised as a force to reckon with in Africa this season, but they really need to turn a corner in order to be in with a chance of seeing that come to reality.
In recent showings on the continent, the North Africans have often looked like a ship without a rudder.
Capable of the occasion five-star performance, Kjetil Zachariassen has to ensure that there is much more consistency in his side’s play.
He has quickly banished the memories of C.K. Akonnor and has taken the helm at Kotoko with consummate ease. All his players are responding to his methods, and he will be expecting a huge victory against the Tunisians.
Let’s take a look at three things that could influence the outcome of this one.
Zachariassen can’t go gung-ho
If there’s one thing that characterises a Kjetil Zachariassen team, it’s always playing on the front foot.  
The former Ashgold gaffer likes his teams to play attacking, expansive football, and he won’t change his philosophy for anyone.
However, to try and maintain a ‘gung-ho’ approach against the Tunisian giants wouldn’t be the wisest move Zachariassen will ever have made.
A backs-against-the-wall, five-in-midfield set up, will serve him well at Baba Yara.
Songne Yacouba returns
The dreadlocked striker hasn't quite looked the same player so far this term as he looks to back up his remarkable start to his Kotoko career but this would be the perfect opportunity for him to get his name back in the headlines.
He may not have played many games; scored many goals this term but what he brings to the Kotoko team is much more than just goal scoring prowess.
He is the final piece in the puzzle; knitting attacks together and pulling defenders all over the place. If you think Kotoko are better without him, think again.
All-out attack from Etoile du Sahel
Though it’s often said if you try to play football against an attack-oriented side, they’ll destroy you, there’s simply no way Faouzi Benzarti will have his troops sitting back and inviting the Porcupine Warriors to attack.
The best form of defence is attack, and the Tunisian side are in incredible goalscoring form.
Eight goals in their two-legged encounter with Hafia club is evidence enough that they are a potent force when going forward.
Like Asante Kotoko they scored in their away game and won convincingly in the return fixture, and in Karim Aribi, they’ve one of Tunisian football’s most exciting talents.
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