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Soccer News of Sunday, 15 September 2002

Source: KotokoFC

Isaac Boakye back to Kotoko

Obuasi Goldfield's striking import, Isaac Boakye has finally pitched camp with his mates at Asante Kotoko. Boakye first joined his Egypt-bound colleagues at the training grounds of youth academy side, Feyenoord, at the University of Ghana, Legon on Tuesday evening where the team had its final training session before engaging the Satellites in the goalless drawn game.

He played rather briefly for Kotoko during the trial match on Wednesday when he was sent on for Nana Frimpong after 25 minutes of the second half which was cut short after 31 minutes owing to poor visibility. Boakye, spotting a beautiful blue and yellow outfit of Turkish side Ankaragucu where he had embarked on a career trial, and looking hale and hearty, beamed with smiles as he met with players, technical staff and officials of Kotoko.

Chief Executive Officer Herbert Mensah introduced him to Coach Ralf Zumdick and his assistants, and the coach in turn asked him if he would like to play in the game against the Satellites, to which he replied, 'no problem.'

When the team ended training, he went straight for skipper Godwin Ablordey's hand as if to say 'captain I am finally here' and the toothpaste smiles that followed were simply infectious. From here he greeted player after player, shaking hands and moving in the company of his former playing mate at Goldfields, Nana Arhin Duah. Supporters of the club, whose incredible attachment to the team showed in a great presence at the training session, swarmed over the budding striker and followed his every movement with admiration. They naturally welcomed him and asked him 'to come and help us with more goals.' Boakye's response to those calls were his reassuring smiles. Isaac Boakye's name remains a very hot one on the minds of Zimbabwean football fans and administrators for his late goal that put paid to that nation's hope of making her first ever appearance at the Nations Cup finals in Mali when he scored a late winner for the national team, the Black Stars to seal qualification with a 2:1 win.

That late goal sent Zimbabwean sports commentator Charles Mabika crying for a long spell during live commentary on BBC Fast Track programme, which commentary later on became a subject for international discussion. It is many such important goals that the fans would be expecting Boakye to help Kotoko record in its games.