If you are wondering what could have motivated Kotoko to have a complete turnaround after going down to Dreams FC in their season’s opening match at the Accra Sports Stadium, then stop looking far and watch the match again. It is clear that Dreams FC gave Kotoko the weapons for the Fabulous club to shoot the Dawu based side down, and this according to Kotoko coach Prosper Ogum were the defining moments in the game.
Dreams had taken the lead through Black Stars enterprising player Issahaku Fatawu only for Kotoko to recover and score three goals within seven minutes and take the three points away. Prosper Ogum opines the Dreams players resorted to their own thing and may not have played to the instructions of their coach at the bench. The coach provides an insight as to how he used what Dreams offered to win the game.
” I knew we will score when we were down, I knew the equalizer will come because we were creating several scoring opportunities. Issahaku scored a fantastic individual goal but changed his style of play afterward and that made it easier for us. My players should have taken the ball from him but they were scared to foul him especially in the penalty box, resulting in their goal”.
“But the player slowed down after the goal. He stayed up there alone instead of tracking back for balls as he was doing previously, which aided Kotoko and as we kept attacking, the goals were always going to come. I knew they were going to get tired since we kept attacking through our game plan, and it happened “, Ogum recounted at a post-match.
Kotoko now moves to the Baba Yara Stadium after a long while with a home match against Bechem United. Debutants Bibiani Gold Stars will then host Kotoko with Eleven Wonders and Karela completing the first 5 matches of Kotoko which is expected to access the new coach and players very well.
By Patricia Adjei Yeboah