Head coach for Kumasi Asante Kotoko says expectations met with their semi-finals clash with their bitter rivals Accra Hearts Of Oak because his team won the match.
According to him, the match was between a team who possessed much of the ball but found it difficult to score and a team who were very well organised especially at the defence. He revealed one of the things his team failed to do was to keep the ball.
Asked about whether Hearts Of Oak surprised them, the former Black Stars captain revealed his team had watch Hearts Of Oak play several times so they knew what to do as a team. However, he revealed they struggled a lot because they were always chasing the ball. “They were not efficient up front, they couldn’t really do anything because of our experience” he revealed.
“Our boys showed maturity, and we were clever”. He revealed that in such games, you need players with big hearts to play”.
“It was terrible, at a point I thought I had a heart attack” he said concerning Hearts Of Oak’s 94th minute equaliser. “The unstragetic players we signed scored the strategic players” he said when talking to Kumasi FM on Kim Grant’s comments. According to him, Kim Grant’s comments about his signings were not necessary.
Asked about whether he is the best coach for the Kotoko job, he explained that that should not be the focus. “Imagine if I had lost the match, does that mean I am a bad coach?” He revealed. According to the former Hearts Of Oak coach, that perceptions is a wrong one.
Speaking on the final game between Kotoko and Karela United, he revealed it is not going to be an easy match. “Karela played Hearts and they dominated the game and created a lot of chances, they played Ashgold and they won” he said. After the crunchy encounter with Hearts Of Oak, coach Akunnor celebrated in grand style by dancing to the popular ‘Omo ada’ (They are asleep) song. According to him, it is a form of expressing his passion for the game. According to him, his players told him before the game that if Kotoko wins, they would push him to dance to that song. “We always play that song in our team bus” he revealed.