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Head coach for Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Charles Kwabena Akunnor says his team lost to Ashantigold SC in the semi-finals of the tier two normalization committee special competition because Ashantigold were the better side.
The miners ensured their qualification to the finals by beating their regional rivals 3-1 at the Accra sports stadium. According to him, one of the factors that led to their loss is that, they have lost some key players in the team and they are struggling.
“We wanted to control the midfield and Ashantigold is strong in the midfield” he revealed. According to him, his team were already aware of the fact that Ashgold were strong. “Our preparation was to try as much as we can to hold men like McCarthy, Anabilla, and the rest. And we allowed them to play, it’s our fault”. The former Ashantigold manager explained.
According to him, he hammered on it on several occasions in their meetings and discussions. “We lost the tactical discipline from the middle” he said.
“We couldn’t keep the ball and the opponent were better than us in terms of possession and they controlled the game. We came in with the idea of stopping the midfield” He said when commenting on one of the reasons they lost.
According to the former Black Stars captain, they went into the game with a different approach compared to that of their match with Hearts Of Oak. According to him, his team has lost the creativity sense which is a problem for him. However he thinks the problem can be solved by changing their mindset and how they go into games.
According to him, fatigue is one of the reasons they lost because they played two matches in four days. However he says he would manage it .
“I accept that in good faith and we need to go back and then look forward to the coming match. It is very important that we win and at least play in the champions league”. He said concerning their final game with Karela United.
Kotoko would play against Karela United in the finals of the tier one normalization committee special competition. The winner of that game would qualify for the CAF Champions League while the winner of the tier two competition between Ashantigold SC and Nzema Kotoko would qualify for the CAF Confederation Cup.