Early goal saved us - C K Akonnor

Author: Beatrice Laryea
C K Akonnor (middle) joined by Amos Frimpong to celebrate their victory

Head coach of Kumasi Asante Kotoko Charles K Akonnor says his side was fortunate to have recorded an early goal which enabled them to record victory over arch rivals Accra Hearts of Oak in the Tier 1 semi-final of the Normalisation Committee Special Competition.

The Porcupine Warriors sealed a historic qualification to the final after beating the Phobians 5-4 on penalties after the game ended 1-1 in regulation time.

Speaking in a post-match interview, the veteran coach said he knew Hearts would possess the ball more times but that early goal by Abdul Fatawu Safiu helped to destabilise their opponents.

“We knew Hearts could possess the ball very well and at a point in time we had to chase the ball which made us very tired. What we needed to do was to keep the ball which we couldn’t. We were fortunate to have gotten that early goal and one thing that we did well was to defend well,” he said.

Explaining the reason for playing Amos Frimpong in midfield, Coach Akonnor said: “Amos Frimpong is an experienced player and of late we have been having problems at that position and since he can hold on to the ball, we gave him that new role which he handled very well.”

Asante Kotoko will now face Karela United who also qualified to the final after defeating Ashgold in the other semi-final match.