Oly silence Kotoko

An eleven year wait by Accra Great Olympics to beat Kumasi Asante Kotoko in a league match finally came to an end with an inspiring display to win the match 2-0 at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday.

Newly appointed Coach, Tom Strand, and his Wonder Boys exhibited a magnificent performance against the Porcupine Warriors who had no clue how to unsettle the Dade Boys who are battling to make up for their poor display in the 2016/17 league.

The win may emerge as the first in the month for Great Olympics but has also added to the woes of the Asante Kotoko with a result that extends their winless run to seven games since the sacking of Croatian coach, Zdravko Logarusic, following several calls from fans of the club who were unhappy with the technical direction of the club.

The Croatian coach was engaged by Kotoko on January 10, 2017. He, however, started work on January 12, 2017. He led the Porcupine Warriors in 11 league matches in which he won five, drew four and lost two. His tactics came under strong scrutiny and criticisms from fans – many of who questioned his 3-5-2 formation.

A goal in each half was all Olympics needed to damage Frimpong Manso’s chances of staying on as head coach of Kotoko with rumoured foreign trainers in line to take over the job. The home team looked more determined and stronger from the blast of referee Awal Mohammed’s whistle with the Porcupine Warriors struggling to catch up.

In a half of few chances, Great Olympics made theirs count as they took a commanding lead to the break. Paul Fatsi, left unmarked in the box, volleyed home after Kotoko failed to defend a well taken corner kick.

 

Francis Atsu Dzokpata will add the second in the 77th minute to dent any hope of Kotoko salvaging a point. Kotoko though hit the back of the net but the goal was rightly ruled offside.

 

By: Gottlieb Baako

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