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2014 World Cup: Kotoko trainer Karim Zito hails Kwesi Appiah's decision to shift Kwadwo Asamoah to full-back

Published on: 10 June 2014
Kwadwo Asamoah

Asante Kotoko youth team coach Karim Zito is impressed with Kwesi Appiah's decision to shift Kwadwo Asamoah to a left-back role as the Juventus man excelled in the 4-0 thrashing of South Korea.

The Black Stars head coach assigned the versatile Juventus midfielder to a defensive role as left-back and overly impressed on the night.

And, Zito has praised the player for his performance and Kwesi Appiah's decision to play him in the role.

"Kwadwo Asamoah was one of the outstanding players on the night and playing as full-back was specially good. Kwesi Appiah knew just what he is doing and he is vindicated for his selection," he told Accra-based Happy FM.

Asamoah is familiar with the role as Juventus coach Antonio Conte has been deploying him as a lateral defender in his 3-5-2 formation - a system used by the Ghana coach in the game against the Koreans.


This article has 7 comment(s), give your comment
  • Kobe Jones says:
    June 10, 2014 09:08 am
    Viper I agree with you 100%....You are a real analyst unlike those who talk thrash on this site
  • Jahguide says:
    June 10, 2014 09:49 am
    Viper,i agree with you too and i for see this Stubborn coach also playing Michael Essien in Central defence in our consequent games and this will be worrisome to us
  • papa says:
    June 10, 2014 10:06 am
    yeah and i think k.asamoah is the most inform at the moment watching how creative he was even at left back. KPB was all over the place yesterday he needs to focus soon. heavy touches, fouls. etc..
  • Viper says:
    June 10, 2014 08:46 am
    Lol,calm your tits down dude,are you a coach? K.Asamoah,Dede and KPB are our flair players,to effectively use K.Asamoah as a leftback,we have to make sure both Dede and KPB are in great shape,to have one of your most skilful players languishing in defence is simply madness,unless of course both Dede and KPB are in good stead,KPB performances in the two friendly hasn't been that good ,therefore having K.Asamoah in defence is ill advised. Dede was all over the place yesterday,he was simply amazing,to have Dede and K.Asamoah supported by KPB a two man strikeforce,do you know how dangerous that will be? Rabiu,I get eyes on you,virtuoso performance,did people see Rabiu scorning Afful for his lapses? Simply good. Another highlight for me yesterday was Asamoah Gyan handing the captain's arm band to the fearless Dede Ayew,thought that was a great moment.
  • millennium says:
    June 10, 2014 08:49 am
    Americans in sports dope(use performance enhancing drugs) in order to perform at their peak for major competition..Marion Jones, Armstrong, etc are cases in point. Since they are bent on doing so well in a tough group, they don't mind doing it to give some key players an extra edge. Please, handlers should ensure that any anti-doping measure in place is fully utilized(american players must be undergo the test before our game). Dont say i didnt tell you o...i leave here in the USA, and it is the only service i can offer my nation.
  • Yaw, Chicago says:
    June 10, 2014 01:41 pm
    I absolutely disagree with Kwadwo playing at left back. I watched the match microscopically and he committed 3 very very fatal blunders at the back; not because he's not good but he has the inclination to hold on to the ball and to dribble. This can be done in midfield but definitely not at the back. Its obvious that he must be in the midfield. And point of correction: We did NOT play 3 defenders at the back; we played 4 (Jonathan, Boye, Kwadwo and Afful) Kwadwo must be sent back to the midfield if we want to do serious business at the world cup. POSITIVES The central defensive pair of Boye and Jonathan was rock-solid. The attack was very sharp as well. GOING FORWARD I understand that we were trying possible options, but clearly, the commander in midfield is Essien and we need him there in any serious game. The lateral defence was the weakest link in our game, especially, left back. Dede should please do very simple things for us, and stop those stylistic stuff..he did well in the game though. Ghana without Gyan, is like a car without engine, he's a regular performer. Rabiu is very tactically disciplined and Afriyie Acquah has potentially "red card-able" tackles, and he shd either be adviced or allowed to watch all our games from the bench! God bless mother Ghana.
  • Dells says:
    June 10, 2014 05:24 pm
    Kwasi Appiah's needless pride and arrogance will not do the team any good. Kwadwo Asamoah is not a left back; he thrives in the central defensive half hence playing him the left full back role makes him uncomfortable and vulnerable to defensive blunders, this was evident yesterday. Sincerely, Kwasi Appiah has made the too weak and vulnerable with his tactical ineptitude and team selection. He is not at the level to coach the black stars period!