Head coach of Asante Kotoko, Prosper Narteh Ogum has talked about the sort of preparation that went into week 11 clash against Aduana Stars.
The Porcupine Warriors went into the game with over 10-year goal scoring jinx at the Nana Agyemang Badu Park hanging around their neck. Cameroonian import, Georges Mfegue however unlocked the long standing record with a powerful header on the 19 minutes. The home side panted for breath in search of the equalizer but the record Ghana Premier League holders held on to the slim lead into the first half break. With another 45 minutes to protect their lead and finally break the jinx, it was evident Kotoko needed it the most as the resolve paid off on the 90th minute. Former WAFA and Inter Allies midfielder, Richmond Lamptey doubled the lead to put the game beyond the two time league champions. Kotoko Coach, Prosper Narteh Ogum was very much aware of the off the field threat that could have cost them and he talked about preparing his charges for that battle.
“I think it was determination, we looked determined. We knew that we were going to be threatened, we were going to be frightened, we were going to be intimidated. “One once we were able to get those threats, those intimidation’s outside the field behind us, we will match them boot for boot. “We also came with a game plan to make sure that their key players on the field do not have the spaces and the time on the ball to decided to create problems for us which we were able to do especially when we did not have the ball. “And any time we had the ball, they created pockets of spaces for us to comfortably pass the ball around and locate the key men upfront. “Basically I think that it was confidence and the fact that they were able to put out of their minds threats, intimidations outside the field and then the ability to keep to our tactical game plan.” Prosper Narteh.
Kotoko had never scored at the Nana Agyemang Badu Park since Aduana Stars’ Premier League debut in 2010. The victory takes the Porcupine Warriors top of the table with 23 points and a week seven outstanding fixture against arch rivals, Accra Hearts of Oak. Their city rivals, King Faisal could go at par with Kotoko if they beat premier league new boys, Bibiani Gold Stars at the Baba Yara Stadium on Sunday.
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