Bechem United tasted another huge defeat after falling 0-4 to Asante Kotoko in an outstanding game at the Obuasi Len-Clay Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
The Porcupines moved from the Accra Sports Stadium to the Obuasi Len-Clay Stadium and is proving to be a good omen after splitting Bechem United into pieces.
Abdul Ismail Ganiyu opened the scoring for Kotoko in the 13th minutes and it was a start of good things for Asante Kotoko. Fabio Gama cushioned Kotoko lead before the break.
The visitors had no answers before the break. Bechem United started the second half strongly but two goals from Francis Kumi and Michael Vinicius in the 60th and 83rd minutes respectively won the game for Mariano Barreto’s men.
However, Myke Alonso was at the Len Clay Stadium to run the rule over the Asante Kotoko players…
Razak Abalora – 6.5/10
Did everything that was asked of him well, staying alert to Bechem’s threat and passing as smartly as ever. Really nice to see him keep a clean sheet once again.
Samuel Frimpong – 6/10
Good game for Frimpong- it’s crucial that the club keep him happy over the rest of the season, because we need him for the future despite being second choice so far this year. It’s good to see him reminding us that he’s still a key player.
Imoro Ibrahim 6.5/10
Was making all the right runs and consistently fashioned out half of the Len Clay Stadium for himself, but many of his teammates simply weren’t on his wavelength. Defensively solid and easily one of the Reds’ best players in the afternoon. He kept providing crosses into the box which one found Andy Kumi in the second half to score his first goal for the club.
Yusif Mubarik – 6/10
He commanded the defence and often stepped into midfield and played several balls into midfield. A commendable showing from the former Ashantigold man.
Abdul Ganiyu – 7/10
Out of all the Kotoko players, Ganiyu was allowed the most time on the ball, rarely put under pressure unless he strayed into the centre-circle. Stood up well to Konkoni’s attacks and helped keep the budding forward’s menace quiet throughout the game. He fetched the game’s opening goal after a stupendous free-kick from 35-yards.
Habib Mohammed – 7/10
Was an engine in the middle of the park as he marauded forward with the ball and set the tone for his team’s attack as well as protecting the backline.
Excellent with the ball at his feet, sticking to his task and giving Bechem United’s men little joy in his unusual defensive midfield position.
Emmanuel Gyamfi – 5/10
Struggled to make a genuine impact once again and though he had a few bright moments, he needs to step up his game if he is to stake a claim in Barreto’s starting XI moving forward.
Mudasiru Salifu – 6/10
Controlled the game expertly from just behind the forward line. With a master-stroke, Bechem’s defence were opened, Muda was sharp to any loose ball or chance to make a tackle.
Andy Kumi – 6.5/10
Looked promising in his first start for the Porcupines, and came close to giving his side the advantage in the early minutes but his header went straight into Bechem United goalkeeper’s hands.
Showed his promise with some dangerous runs, even if his final touch wasn’t always the best. We need to remember that he’s still very young, and it shows, but I feel like Kumi is reminiscent of a young Kwame Opoku. When it clicks for him, he’ll be deadly. He fetched the game’s third goal in the second half.
Fabio Gama – 9/10
What is left to say about the Brazilian? This was Gama’s most complete game in a Kotoko shirt as he stepped up and delivered when needed.
On the half-hour mark, Okrah slipped the ball into the feet of the Brazilian who in one motion brought the ball under control. He then fired a shot into the bottom corner to put the Reds two goals up having assisted Abdul Ganiyu for the first goal.
Gama combined effectively with Augustine Okrah, Ibrahim Moro and Andy Kumi in the larger part of the game by rewarding the technical team for keeping faith in him.
The Brazilian looked confident on the ball throughout the game and wasn’t afraid to take defenders on and create something on his own and subsequently won the MVP award for the first time this season.
Augustine Okrah – 6.10
He’s back. Okrah returned to his old, tricky ways as he tormented the Hunters defense all night. He made some great runs down the left flank, showing beautiful skill. His end product let him and the side down on occasion. When his shots were on target, they were right at the keeper. He set up Gama’s goal and was heavily involved in the build-up to Vinicius’ goal.
Godfred Asiamah – 6/10
Had a major impact when he came on and was involved in Kotoko’s last two goals from Kumi and Vinicius.
Latif Anabila – 4/10
Didn’t have much of an impact, other than a few neat touches and passes.
Michael Vinicius – 5/10
Sealed the victory on the 82nd minute for the Porcupines with a thumping finish after pouncing on Godfred Asiamah’s rebound shot to score his first Asante Kotoko on his debut game. His positioning and body movement was excellent.