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Sports News of Monday, 4 March 2019


Bekoe: Yacouba needs a strong partner

Former striker of Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Eric Bekoe, believes striker Songne Yacouba needs an equally prolific finisher to partner him in order to help them qualify from Group C of the CAF Confederation Cup.

Bekoe thinks that with Yacouba assisting most of Kotoko goals currently, Kotoko would benefit much more if an equally good striker paired with the Burkinabe to finish off the changes the former creates.

The former Kotoko arrowhead told the Graphic Sports in an interview that such a partnership would help the Porcupine Warriors score more goals which would help them to qualify to the next stage of the continental competition.

"From what I have seen of Kotoko’s campaign so far, I think they need a prolific striker to partner Yacouba in the rest of their games if they are to qualify to the next stage of the competition. As it stands now, Yacouba is not scoring often, but contributing so many assists and I believe it will be to the advantage of Kotoko to have a finisher who will partner and net in the goals," Bekoe said.

The Porcupine Warriors are placed second on the Group C log, having won twice at home and lost twice away in four games.

When asked whether Kotoko can qualify from the group with the results so far and the remaining fixtures, the ex-Kotoko player stated that the club must work harder to avoid any further loss by ensuring they win all two remaining home games against Nkana and El Hilal.

Bekoe, who scored 17 goals from 23 matches for Kotoko in the 2007-2008 Premier League season, also called on the Kumasi-based side to take their away game to ZESCO United on March 17 seriously since it could determine their qualification.

"They have a chance to qualify but they must avoid any further loss in the rest of their matches. I think they must also take their away game against ZESCO United seriously since that could prove crucial in their qualification," Bekoe added.