The Porcupine Warriors recorded an emphatic and historic away victory against the Cameroonian side, Coton Sports De Garoua on Sunday after two first half goals from wingers, Emmanuel Gyamfi and Maxwell Baako and an early second half goal by Abdul Fatawu with captain Kamilou D. getting the consolations for the home.
This win puts Kotoko on the fore front ahead of the second leg encounter in Kumasi on January 20, 2019.
Here we take a look at some five things we learnt from the highly entertaining game in Cameroon.
1. Emmanuel Gyamfi and Maxwell Baako are gems and pivotal in Kotoko’s resurgence
It is undoubtedly true that pacy wingers, Emmanuel Gyamfi and Maxwell Baako have really stamped their signature and importance in the C.K Akunnor led Kotoko side. Right from their training matches where they hammered Inter Allies by 3 goals to 1 and the Black Meteors by 3 goals to nothing in Accra, the two boys have been a thorn in the flesh of all oppositions they’ve met so far and they look like not stopping now.
2. Abdul Ganiu and Agyemang Badu Emmanuel are virtually the best in Ghana but they need to calm down sometimes
With Kotoko being the only active team in the country right now, it is fair to say that they have the best team. Especially their centre pair of Emmanuel Agyemang Badu and Abdul Ganiu have been mouth-watering. However, I believe this pair can sometimes protect their goalkeeper, Felix Annan by simply composing themselves and avoid some hasty tackles that mostly get them into trouble.
3. There is Joy in the camp
Monitoring from afar and on camera, it can easily be said that the joy at the camp of Kotoko now has been one that has long been missing. It is worth noting that, the side last qualified to the group stages of this competition ten years ago and have failed on countless occasions to get to this level. They failed in the first step last year, which eventually led to the sacking of the then coach, Steve Pollack. Credit goes to head coach, C.K Akunnor, CEO George Amoako and the whole board for various changes made in the team.
4. Cameroonian football is in crisis
While Coton Sports were losing disappointingly at home, Cameroon’s rep in the CAF Champions’ League, New Star De Douala were also trailing 2-1 in Kenya against GorMahia. It may be recalled that Kotoko had a walkover in the first round after the Cameroonian FA failed to present a club for that stage. Coton Sport only got here due to their early exit from the CAF Champions League and it doesn’t seem they will be here for long either. The Executive interference in football is enourmous and that is really killing the standards of football in the country.
5. Coton Sports needs magic to get results in Kumasi
With the kind of display in Yaounde Military Stadium, it may only take some form of magic for the Cameroonian side to get a result past the resilient Asante Kotoko in Kumasi. They probably have the worse defense Kotoko have ever met in CAF Competitions in the past decade. Every break from the Porcupines looked like a threat and they struggled to keep up the pace of almost all Kotoko’s attackers. With their stubborn and childish approach of marking out star man, Sogne Yacouba, they created a lot of loopholes for Kotoko to expoit which they paid dearly by conceding those cheap first and third goals.
By: John Acquaful|Univers Sports|Universnewsroom.com