Asante Kotoko and King Faisal shared spoils at the Obuasi Len Clay Stadium. The week 32 fixture was crucial for both teams, as Asante Kotoko needed to win and keep the chase for the title alive, whiles King Faisal needed all points to survive.
Below are five lessons picked from the game.
First, Between the two sides, King Faisal appeared the determined side to win the game, and move away from the relegation zone. They ensured all areas of the team, that is, defence, midfield and attack responded to a telepathic play. Asante Kotoko made a slow attempt in the early part of the game, but exhibited bits of seriousness in the dying embers of the game. That pushed them a little higher to pull parity.
Second, in the midfield of both teams, the energy and power to dominate got missing on most occasions. Mudasiru made various efforts to boss, but he was blocked from making his way through players. Zubeiru – after dropping into the midfield – and Seidu Salifu almost stood out as the brightest side for King Faisal in center part but he was unable to break through as he was timely thwarted on the ball.
Third, King Faisal were purposeful upfront in the first half as they got the only goal in that part of the game. Abdul Wadudu and Kwame Peprah gave out their best to ensure relegation-threatened King Faisal walk home with all points. In the second half, Abdul Wadudu came close to goal, after rounding up goalkeeper Kwame Baah, but he was denied by the goal post. On the part of Asante Kotoko, attackers were given a tight man-marking which made it extremely difficult for them to excel. On few occasions that they managed to sail through, goalkeeper Danlad Ibrahim was at duty.
Fourth, goalkeepers of Asante Kotoko and King Faisal failed to live up to expectations, based on the goals they conceded. Kwame Baah of Asante Kotoko did not make a timely move which led to the goal. Danlad Ibrahim came for a ball, which eluded him and was headed into the net by former Unistar Academy striker Francis Andy Kumi.
Fifth, Kotoko’s defence were made to sit deep by King Faisal attackers. Instead of the usual runs to join the attack, they rather played behind men making it impossible to surge. Nonetheless, King Faisal made their out but the urge to score goals was not alive for them. King Faisal could have won the day as Asante Kotoko were defending, but they had themselves to blame after squandering those glorious moments.