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Sports News of Friday, 7 December 2018


Akonnor cautions players against complacency

Kumasi Asante Kotoko coach, Charles Kwablah Akonnor, has caution his players against complacency despite their current form on the local scene.
The Porcupine Warriors beat Tema-based Inter Allies 3-0 at the Accra Sports Stadium in a friendly encounter on Tuesday.

Amidst the praises and cheers from the supporters to the Kotoko players, coach Akonnor is challenging his players to guard against self satisfaction.

“What we have seen today is a good sign but we are not done yet. I hope to continue with the work. I didn’t like the way we lost the ball in the second half. We lost the ball every now and then, and that, for me is a problem we must solve with Sunday’s game,” he told the media after the match.

Amos Frimpong’s converted a 43rd-minute penalty, followed by goals from Naby Keita (65th minute strike) and Martin Antwi in injury time.

Explaining further the tactical approach he adopted to tame his opponent, Akonnor said he decided to shut supply to the two leading attackers of Inter Alllies which helped to contain the Tema-based side.

“Inter Allies are very dangerous up front .We saw that they have two strikers who were very composed on the ball, so we needed to keep the ball away from them and that helped us,” he concluded.

Kotoko will play the national U-23 side, the Black Meteors in Accra on Sunday as the final preparatory game before the team fly out to Kenya to play Kariobangi Stars in the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup.