Asante Kotoko’s momentum in the Premier League came to an untimely halt as they were held to a 1-1 draw by the stubborn WAFA at Red Bull Arena in Sogakope.
After scoring two goals for the first time this season against Liberty Professionals, the Reds started the game very bad. WAFA looked dangerous going forward while dominating possession as well and got the opener through Daniel Lomotey in the first half.
After recess, the Porcupines eventually clawed their way back into the game and started very stronger and enjoyed even more possession and fetched the equalizer through Kwame Opoku after he was fed by Emmanuel Sarkodie.
Here, at Myfabulousonline.com, I will now run the rule over the Asante Kotoko players as I’ve been doing after every match following their drawn game against WAFA on Sunday afternoon.
Razak Abalora – 6
His positioning was very bad for the WAFA goal, he had a nervy moment in possession in the first half also. He’s looked shaky against his former club in the first half but crawled back into the game in the second half to pull some great saves to keep his club in the game. He had had a steady start to life at Asante Kotoko so far.
Christopher Nettey – 4.5
Not one of his best games, he had a very torrid time against Augustine Boakye throughout the first half but got better as the game went on.
Imoro Ibrahim – 6
A constant outlet down the Kotoko left but rarely found a moment of quality when he endeavoured into the final third. Unable to beat the first man with a number of crosses. Though he was involved in the build-up to Kwame Opoku’s equalizer.
Yusif Mubarik – 5
Looked off his paces being given another rare start in the league. Failed to deal with Lomotey in the build-up to WAFA’s goal but came up strong in the second half to put a decent display.
Abdul Ganiu – 6
Passed a late fitness test to play this game, he complimented the defensive contributions of Mubarik. His physical and aerial prowess was critical in dealing with the opposition attackers. Although the towering centre-back did not have much of an opportunity to influence the game with his long, diagonal passes, he looked quite solid at the back.
Muniru Sulley – 4
It was nice to see him in the starting line up but needs to get match fit. He was easily overrun in the middle by the young WAFA side and was replaced by Samuel Frimpong late in the first half due to a head injury.
Emmanuel Sarkodie – 6.5
Sark was satisfactory; his distribution was good. When he had the ball, he seemed to make the right decision enough times. There were issues with him out of possession though. WAFA seemed to find it easy to play through the Reds’ midfield the few times it had the ball.
He didn’t make any glaring errors in the match. Sarkodie was a cog in a functioning machine in the second half and assisted Kwame Opoku’s equalizer and that was enough for Kotoko to get the vital point.
Emmanuel Gyamfi – 4
While Asante Kotoko may have rediscovered their form, one player who is still yet to get back to his best is Gyamfi. Virtually anonymous in the first half. Improved late on but still well short of his best.
Patrick Asmah – 4.5
He was making a return to the pitch against after the Dreams FC game. He started at the left-side of attack and looked confident on the ball in the first-half, was everywhere and tried to make things happen but it didn’t happen for the former Atalanta man as it didn’t for most of his teammates.
Fabio Gama – 5
Had a few decent moments particularly in the first-half – pressed and passed well. Should’ve had a goal in the second half when he was played in by Gyamfi but his effort was saved by the WAFA goalie in the second half.
Kwame Opoku – 7 – Star man
The former Nkoranza Warriors forward keeps delivering when called on, after bagging yet another goal, expertly dispatching Sarkodie’s sweet through-pass. His hold-up play was good, and he helped stretch the opposition by getting the wide men involved.
Samuel Frimpong – 6
The right-back was played as a defensive midfielder when he came on in the 42nd-minute to replace the injured Muniru Sulley and put up a solid performance in the middle of the pitch. He provided a shield for the back four and his passes were accurate.