Ex-Ghana international Mohammed Polo has slammed Kotoko for failing to capitalize on the opportunities that came their way in the team’s 1-0 win over CARA Brazzaville.
The Porcupine Warriors had to rely on a late penalty goal by striker Yakubu Mohammed to beat visiting CARA in a dramatic game at the Babayara Sports Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The game witnessed five penalties, four going in favor of the Ghanaian giants with the other for the visitors.
Striker Saddick Adams squandered his kick in just 5minutes into the game when he shot wide.
Skipper of the side Amos Frimpong also become a culprit as he saw his kick and Kotoko’s second penalty in the game saved by the CARA goalkeeper.
Baba Mahama also had his penalty kick saved by the goalkeeper before Kotoko’s Felix Annan prevented the visitors from getting a goal when he saved a penalty in the latter stages of the second half.
Substitute Yakabu Mohammed nicked out victory for the Reds when he scored from another penalty awarded late in the game.
Mohammed Polo has lamented on the team’s profligacy in front of goal in the game which could have seen the Ghanaian side recording a bigger score line ahead of the reverse encounter in Congo.
“Kotoko won’t have it easy in Congo. I doubt if they’ll be able to handle the home support Cara will get,” Mohammed Polo told Happy FM.
“Missing three penalty kicks clearly shows the technical problem Kotoko is facing. Kotoko performance was nothing to write home about.”
“Coach should concentrate more on training players on how to score goals because it’s a major problem in our football in Ghana.”
“Kotoko will be intimidated in Congo. They had the opportunities here and they wasted it. Kotoko have to score real goals there. They won’t be awarded four penalties.”
Kotoko will travel for the return fixture on February 21 at the Stade Alphonse Massemba-Débat in Brazzaville.
By Frank Darkwah