We’ve recorded a back-to-back defeat for the first time this season after we got beaten by Real Tamale and Legon Cities in the past two weeks, so it was important for us to bounce back, at a difficult venue like Redbull Arena.
Our boys were up for it and recorded a hard-fought victory over the Academy boys for the first time in our history.
We started the game slowly leaving the home side to dictate the pace of the game, we struggled to contain their movements, passing, and inter-positional play, using vertical passing lanes which made it difficult to defend against them.
However, Prosper Ogum instructed Stephen Amankona and Mfegue Rodrigue not to stay wide but rather to move inside to make the pitch smaller and also force WAFA to use the wide areas instead of the middle of the pitch
This instruction stopped the home side, we grew into the game and could’ve had a penalty after a well-worked play at the right side of our attack got to Mbella who was brought down after beating his marker in the penalty box, the center referee shockingly waved play on, we were not discouraged, kept probing but we couldn’t score before the break, we went into the break with the score at 0-0.
We started the second half like we ended the first, this time we increased the intensity of the game, on the 65th minute Andrews Appau intercepted the ball at the centerline and timed his through pass to Mbella who beat the off trap to face the goalkeeper Osei Bonsu, our top striker with his usual composure went round the goalkeeper and played the ball into the back of the net to put the score at 1-0.
We went on to create numerous chances but couldn’t, after conceding 5 goals in our last two matches, our backline was excellent and gave nothing away.
The team will return to Kumasi ahead of our attempt to get the three points when we face Aduana Stars. The match is on Saturday with a 3 pm kick-off.
Asante Kotoko (4:3:3) Danlad; Appau, Mubarik, Owusu, Nettey, Sheriff, Mudasiru, Gama (Keyekeh) Mfegue, Mbella (Boateng), Amankona
Unused subs: Kwame Baah, Clinton Opoku, Evans Adomako, Maxwell Agyemang, Appiah Samuel, Dickson Afoakwa