The Porcupines finish hard: Kotoko emerge fifth in FIFA Youth Cup
The youth team of Asante Kotoko, who had a very bad day on Wednesday by losing their first two games against Benfica and FC Zurich turned the scales in their favour on match day 2 by putting up splendid performances on Thursday.
The Porcupine Warriors drew their first game on Thursday by settling for a goalless draw against Villarreal, before they thrashed Blue Stars fc to finish 3 in a group of 5 clubs, hence securing the berth to engage Olympiacos who also came third in the other group for the 5th place.
Asante Kotoko who began the tournament on a slow note really made their motto of ‘Kum Apem A, Apem Beba’, which literally means if you kill thousand, thousand will come, talk defeated the Greek giants Olympiacos by 2-0 to complete the tournament on a good note.
It must be noted that the FIFA Youth Cup is a 20-minute per half competition at the group stages with the finals extended to 25 minutes
The Benfica youth team that emerged runners-up to Barcelona in the European U-19 Championship in 2014 will face Atletico Paranaense from Brazil in the final
Kotoko 18-man squad for the tournament: Felix Annan, Christopher Bonney, Emmanuel Odai Ashong, Richmond Opoku Manu, Anthony Addo, Sadiq Alhassan, Eugene Nimako, Majeeb Abdul Hakim, Dauda Abdulai, Kwadwo Poku, Lukman Kasim,Joseph Otu, Gabriel Kukubor, Elvis Opoku, Israel Alozuke, Silas Ofori Appiah, Samuel Siaw, Mutawakilu Seidu
Coach: Abdul Karim Zito
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