It was a day to remember for fans of Kumasi Asante Kotoko as they ran riot against national U23 side, the Black Meteors.
Kotoko who is preparing for her CAF Confederations Cup match against Kariobangi Sharks faced off with Ghana’s U23 side who are also preparing for the qualifier against Togo at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday. At the end of the game, it was Asante Kotoko who won the bragging rights as they hammered the national team by 3 goals to 0. Captain Amos Frimpong got a brace while legendary Jordan Opoku added another to put the icing on the cake for the Porcupine Warriors.
Here are five things we learnt from the game.
- Felix Annan Is The Best Keeper In Ghana By Far
The former WAFA Shot stopper once again proved to Ghanaians why he is the best shot stopper one can ever find in Ghana. He pulled a series of sublime saves to prevent the National U23 side from getting a consolation and contribute to a clean sheet. His excellent reading of the ball and superb reflexes are one in a million and its time we saw him feature more for our gallant Black Stars.
- The Positive and Winning Mentality Is Back To The Kotoko team
It had been a while since Kotoko went into these calibers of games with the aim of winning and recording such goal scoring record. This feeling had long been absent since Coach Maxwell Konadu and Didi Dramani exited the Kumasi-based club. It is however pleasant to notice that fans now troop to the stadium to watch Kotoko games with full optimism of winning and watching beautiful football. That is the hallmark of C.K Akunnor and the agroball philosophy.
- Kotoko Has The Best Centre Pair In Ghana Now
The centre pair of Abdul Ganiu and Agyemang is such a mouthwatering pair that every club would like to have going into Africa. The intelligent ball playing abilities of Abdul Ganiu and the strength and agility of Agyemang Badu has become a rock at the back of Asante Kotoko. This is second game straight that they are keeping and with a solid rock as Felix Annan in post, there is less to fear for fans of the club. Notably, it is important for the team to have such a solid pair as they come against a side that has scored 10 goals in 3 games.
- Maxwell Baako Is A Joy To Watch
Nicknamed ‘Messi’ the Takoradi boy has been entertaining fans in the Accra Sports Stadium in the two friendlies the club has played in the capital so far. With skills of Messi and the shooting ability of Arjen Robben, the unpredictable Maxwell Baako is always a threat around the penalty yard box of the opponent. It was his cross that led to the first goal for Kotoko and he was influential throughout the 90 minutes. In the absence of complacency, the young lad is going to be a fans’ favorite for long.
- Augustine Sefah Is Not As Solid As He Used To Be
With the injury of two left full backs, Coach C.K Akunnor had to introduce Augustine Sefah at the right wing of defense and pull captain Amos Frimpong rather to the left back position. With the kind of fragility that was witnessed today, it will be difficult to totally trust the enterprising right back in this African campaign. His judgement was problematic today though he was defensively okay. He offered very little to the attack which made Martin Antwi and Maxwell Baako to switch positions more often as they got tired easily with the burden of having to run down the right wings all alone. A better Augustine Sefah was knew some years back.