Soccer News of Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Source: Kotoko express

Our next game is a must win - Didi Dramani

Coach Mas-ud Didi Dramani says Kotoko’s next league match at home to All Stars is a must win because the draws are becoming too many. “The team must work harder than they have done in previous games to beat the visitors” he told this reporter after the pulsating goalless draw against Dwarfs in Cape Coast- the seventh in the league so far

Even though Sunday’s result extended Asante Kotoko’s unbeaten record from nine to ten, the fact that they could not win despite playing satisfactorily remained a little source of worry. Coach Mas-ud Didi Dramani, when addressing his players in the changing room after the cagey Cape Coast encounter, expressed concern that the draw games were becoming too much.

“Our next game is a must win. Wherever the goals are, we have to find them and score. We have to score. We have to win that game. You have to start finding the goals now. You played well but we did not score. In our next game, we have to score and win” the coach insisted.

He however told the players not to be disappointed with the string of draws. He argued that when the goals start coming, their hard work ill pay-off. “The goals will surely come” he stated. “When things happen like that, do not be disappointed. Just be much interested in improving your performance. Let us improve our game, when we get that aspect of the game right, everything will be smooth”.

With the General Elections slated for Friday, Coach Didi Dramani announced that the team would go on break on Wednesday and resume on Monday, December 10, 2012. Later at the post match press conference, the Coach commended his players for their sterling performance. He said he expects them to work very hard when they return from the break.

“This was a keenly contested match. Kotoko have been very consistent. So far we are the only unbeaten side. I like the consistency but we also have to be winning. We are going to do that in our next game”.

He rejected suggestions that his team has been drawing more because of their defensive approach to matches. “I have not been defending. Football is about two things – attacking and defending. There is no way you can defend throughout. When you lose the ball, you have to return from attack to defend. I am positive and confident of getting to the top of the table in the end,” he added.