C.K. Akonnor's Ineffable Technical Prowess In The Second Half Catapulted Ashgold Defeat Featured
12 Apr

C.K. Akonnor's Ineffable Technical Prowess In The Second Half Catapulted Ashgold Defeat

Resilience. Tenacity. Character. Three underlying words to describe the massive work done by Coach Charles Kwablan Akonnor and his charges in the 'Golden Clash' with regional rivals Obuasi Ashanti Gold.

Matches between these two teams always prove to be -blockbuster with a lot of tension and players trying to exhibit what they have for both clubs and their supporters. In fact quality of play is seen when these two teams meet.
 
 
Nonetheless, before yesterday's encounter, coach Svetislav Tanasuevicevic lads were touted to be the best team between the two teams though it wasn't absolutely so. I dare not say they did not put up their utmost best especially in the first half if the game.
 
 
Winger, Amos Kofi Nkrumah, forward Richard Ella Djodi and striker, Shafiu Mumuni proved to be tough customers in the first half but it was just unfortunate the couldn't hit the back of the net.
 
 
It took goalkeeper Felix Annan of Asante Kotoko to step up his game to exhibit a lot of brilliance to stop many goal-bound shots from the Ashanti Gold lads. It's not too surprising why the Ghana's momentous goalkeeper was named the man of the match. His composure, grit, tranquillity and timely interceptions saved the Porcupine Warriors in the first half.
 
 
Coaches are said to be apt, genius and superlative if they're able to read the game and make meaningful changes to result in a win. The likes of Pep Guardiola , Jose Mourinho, Sir Alex Ferguson, et al have proved to be the best brains by virtue of their technical approach in games. And Akonnor brilliantly exhibited a kind in the 'Golden Clash'.
 
 
It was a game of two halves. First half for AshGold and the second half was for Asante Kotoko.
 
 
The mentality of the players of the Reds  in the second department of the game was much stronger to show class to wrestle for a win for the vociferous supporters of the Porcupines.
 
 
The smart change that changed the completion of the game was when Akonnor substituted one of the best performers, Emmanuel Gyamfi to pave way for fresh leg Collins Ameyaw to also prove a point why he is not suppose to be loaned again.
 
 
Unlike previous matches where most Kotoko supporters had problems with C.K. Akonnor especially with his substitutions, yesterday's game was a different and he had everything in the second half right.
 
 
Kotoko's  performance in the second half was at the  zenith and that mainly contributed to that brilliance of play to result in the goals.
 
 
Asante Kotoko gaffer Charles Kwablan Akonnor again has issued a strong statement to the rank and file of the club his willingness to guide the team to an appreciable level.
 
 
Abdul Fatau Safiu - what a superlative player he is with stupendous confidence upfront. Scoring four (4) goals in two matches should point out what he's made of. I was part of those who thought Kotoko will struggle without a  Burkinabe import Songnè Yacouba who has been so outstanding for Kotoko.
 
 
He has proved to be a captivating football genius in the local scene blessed with delicious tailor-measured free kicks, strikingly attacking prowess and impeccable confidence.
 
 
With him in the Kotoko set up plus Felix Annan, Emmanuel Gyamfi, Kwame Bonsu, Maxwell Baako, Abdul Ganiu Ishmael, et al Kotoko will be an emblem of a great team to watch.
 
 
The vociferous supporters of Asante Kotoko can now have absolute confidence in this team to thrive for more laurels in the years to come with their immeasurable and indefatigable support.
 
 
By: Sasu Danquah High Priest
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