Kotoko got back to winning ways by posting a 3-0 win over Nkana FC at the Babayara Sports Stadium with goals coming from Abdul Fatawu Safiwu, Emmanuel Gyamfi and Martin Antwi. Ghanasportsonline.com’s Frank Darkwah analyzes the performance of Kotoko players on the day.
He led the team in the absence of captain Amos Frimpong who was serving a suspension. Annan was virtually on a holiday as he barely made any crucial save due to the compact defensive line. He was always on the alert at any dangerous move from his opponents.
The right-back as usual did what was needed by giving out a decent performance. Having missed the game in Kitwe. The diminutive defender regain his position and gave a good account of himself.
Darkwah was only making his first appearance for the Club in this year’s CAF Confederation Cup. The former Aduana Stars left-back returned to the Kotoko team after a lengthy injury. He exploited the left side with some delightful display and assisted the second goal with a fine cross into the Nkana goal area which eventually gave Gyamfi an opportunity to find the back of the net.
The former Aduana Stars center-back came in to replace Agyemang Badu. Adams despite looking jittery on few occasions will keep the Nkana attackers out with some good clearances.
The big man in the Kotoko defense making all the needed interventions on the day. His partnership with Wahab Adams seemed to have worked on the day as he perfectly covered his co-center back.
The ex-WAFA star is gradually proving his worth in the team in the absence of injured Richard Senanu. Umar was inspiring in the middle of the field with his wonderful touches and sleek passes, moving into spaces to win all second balls.
He again lived up to expectation and was a difficult nut to crack for the Nkana midfielders. Bossed the midfield as usual and linked play from defense to attack. He was undoubtedly the best player in the Kotoko team.
Scored Kotoko’s second goal but his day will be cut short after sustaining an injury in the process. He was ultimately replaced by Kwame Boahene in the first half.
Scored a goal which could go down as a contender for the goal of the week. The former WAFA captain sent the stadium into raptures after delivering a wonderful free kick from an unfamiliar position.
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Fatawu set the pace for the Reds scoring from a free kick early in the game. He provided lots of support for Yacouba upfront.
He was in his usual element tormenting the Nkana defense, causing trouble for his marker Ben Adama Bahn. He nearly got on the score sheet when his well-executed free kick was punched away by Nkana goalkeeper Mosunda.
Came on to replace Emmanuel Gyamfi who suffered an injury in the first half. Boahene did not disappoint when he came on.
Nyarko came on to replace second goal scorer Martin Antwi in a bid to tighten Kotoko’s midfield. He however made little impact
By Frank Darkwah