Asante Kotoko coach Mariano Barreto has criticised striker Andy Kumi Francis for his poor trapping of their ball during the second-half of their 0-0 stalemate with Aduana Stars in the Ghana Premier League on Saturday.
The 22-year-old, who has scored 3 goals in 11 outings for Kotoko, was played through by Solomon Sarfo Taylor on the 74th minute mark but the former Unistar Academy player fluffed his lines as he failed to trap the ball and watched it go side with goalkeeper Joseph Addo rushing to parry the ball for corner.
The situation was real opportunity for Kotoko to put themselves in from but the missed opportunity meant the Porcupine Warriors had to settle for a point. And, the Portuguese gaffer has been left unimpressed with the performance of the player on that occasion.
“We controlled all the game but we failed to convert the chances that we created. We even had one fantastic chance but Kumi controlled very badly. Aduana always went for the long balls and that created problems for us. We came here to win but we didn’t win so we are disappointed and I’m very sad for that,” Barreto stated in the post match interview.
“There is something wrong with my team because within first-half first 25 to 30 minutes we did well. We missed one good chance but suddenly in the first half we didn’t play well. We gave too much space. We allowed Aduana in the midfield and they created some chances. We had a talk in the dressing room and the second half was completely different,” he added.
Kotoko have gone temporarily top of the table after the draw but their place at the summit of the table will be determined by results of other games including Hearts of Oak’s clash with Berekum Chelsea on Sunday evening.
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