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Opinions of Tuesday, 29 June 2021

Columnist: Charles Yeboah Sir Lord

Why the Oak tree overshadowed the Porcupine

Hearts of Oak beat Asante Kotoko 1-0 after a super clash at the Accra Sports Stadium Hearts of Oak beat Asante Kotoko 1-0 after a super clash at the Accra Sports Stadium

In a battle for a plot of land that holds water for all yearlong sustainability, the Oaktree fought with the Porcupine Warriors at the banks of river Goka.

Prior to the encounter which bestows the winner an unchallenged spot by the river Goka, the lead man or otherwise the Coach of the Porcupine Warriors was counseled by a good Seer not to look up in the skies either for supplication to the good Heavens or seeing a bird that flew above.

This coach, an alien to the land of the Porcupines, never believed in the customs of his hosts and belittled the sage counsel of the revered Seer.

And as if he was on a mission to lead his charges against the Seer's word instead of the serious business he was about - to ward off the Oak tree, the Coach kept his gaze in the skies every second or less, as it seemed. And no one knew from whence it came, even as it was in the spring and flowers sprout anew, dry silk from a ripe flower atop the Oaktree fell in the eye of the Coach.

The Coach partially lost his sight, and he never saw the best of the Porcupine Warriors to lead in the attack.

Before twilight, those who believed in the winnability of the Porcupine Warriors were let down by the Coach.

Tried as they may, the beasts with quills did little to pierce through the roots of the Oaktree in an attempt to topple it. In the end, the Oaktree overshadowed the Porcupine Warriors, who retreated to the muddy side of the river Goka where the waters were not abundant and clean.

Today as we speak, the Oaktree is sitting on the land unrivaled. If not for any miraculous change, this hated enemy of the Porcupine Warriors will enjoy the wholesome waters of the river Goka till the next drought.

What will be your reaction if you were having your heart at the camp of the Porcupine Warriors and you were forced to sleep on an empty stomach owing to this poor-judgment-induced defeat? Many will say: _" the coach must go."_

And indeed, Coach Mariano Barreto who led Kumasi Asante Kotoko yesterday must be sacked. He let the fans down. His selection is the least we expected for this super clash against Accra Hearts of Oak.

If he is not aware, we Kotoko fans can accept defeats in any competition against any other team, but not when we lose to our sworn rivals Accra Hearts of Oak as it did happen yesterday, the black Sunday of June 27, 2021.

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