After a long wait, the battle is finally nigh and Asante Kotoko will soon be back on the pitch competitively, this time in the CAF Confederations cup.
It has been a really stressful journey for the Porcupine Warriors as they had to overcome quite a number of hurdles to reach where they are now. From petitioning the Normalization Committee to waiting anxiously for their opponents in the Round 32 to getting a walkover to the Round 16 stage. The Fabulous boys have endured enough and also had as much preparations they would need. Management decided to employ the services of the highly competent, Charles Kwablah Akunnor after Paa Kwesi Fabin decided to part ways with them. C.K has since had a decent preparations and recruitment, signing as many as 11 players to boost the Kotoko squad.
They have also embarked on a 10-day training camp in the Western Region of Ghana, playing a number of friendlies including a 1-1 stalemate with Medeama at the Essipong Sports Stadium. After a turgid period under former boss, Steve Pollack where the team was eliminated in the first round of this same competition by CARA Brazaville of Congo, the fans of the Royal Club finally have a reason to go cheer their boys on at the stadium as they have been guaranteed beautiful football with goals.
Star man, Sogne Yacouba is back to light training after days on the sidelines with illness, Naby Keita is also back with the squad with a nice atmosphere in camp. Lest we forget, the management of the club is also doing its best to make sure things go on smoothly for both the playing body and the technical bench. The club was the only African club that had a stand at the just ended Soccerex in the United States.
With all these being mentioned, what is the main ingredient that will push the Porcupine Warriors to the apex? The answer for me is Unity. Kotoko’s opponent in the Round 16 stage is all but confirmed after Kariobangi Sharks of Kenya hammered Djiboutian side, Arta Solar by 6 goals to 1 in the first leg in Kenya.
The most important thing the team is going to need now is the Unity among the fans of the club. This is going to be Kotoko against the world as it has been proven that a section of Ghanaian football enthusiasts were against the idea of the Porcupine Warriors representing the country. The fans of Asante Kotoko and the management must have a tough skin and and show full support to the team if they are to progress to the group stages.
No need for blame games when the team is not doing well at some point. Every form of negativity and useless argument should cease among the fans and management and believe and trust that the Porcupine Warriors are surely going to make their nation proud.
Long Live Kotoko! Long Live Ghana football!!