Prosper Narteh Ogum has told his Kotoko players to be courageous following their slim defeat to Chelsea.
The Porcupines will bid to improve on their miserable performance in their previous five games, winning one, drawing one, and losing three in the title race.
Amid talk of injuries and courage, Ogum suggests the boys may need the supporters to put everything back on track.
Kotoko will be traveling to Tarkwa next weekend to face Medeama SC.
Trips to Akon Park are never easy and this is probably one of the toughest matches left on the schedule for the Reds before playing the Olympics in Accra.
After a 1-0 defeat to Chelsea, the cultured manager had to call on the players to be courageous for the subsequent games and also entreated the supporters to rally behind the club as they seek for the league title.
“I think the players need to gather the courage to be able to play in such situations. They need to be very confident. You can’t play Kotoko and can’t play on your home grounds. They need to gather that courage to play.
“We also need our supporters to be behind us. I mean is a league. Sometimes you go up, sometimes you come down. Once we come down it doesn’t mean that’s the end. They need to be able to be behind us. This is not the time for them to distance themselves from us. This is the time we need them most. A team needs the supporters most when things are not going on well and when we are not getting the results for them.
“I will entreat them, I will plead with the supporters to be behind the team and there shouldn’t be so much blame game. Once you try to single out so many players it affects them mentally and working on them becomes very difficult so they are the same players that got us to where we are but they are not finding their rhythm.
“If you come to training we train very well. Everybody trains very well but when we are playing at home we don’t find our rhythm they need to be behind us. Once they are behind us am sure we can bounce back. We have a few more games to play. One home game, the rest are on the road. We only have to make sure that we get their support and then we get the points.” Coach Ogum told StarTimes.
The Porcupines on Sunday lost to ten-men Chelsea through an 81st minute strike from Kelvin Obeng.