Ghana's No. 1

Chelsea coach Wellington hails players for President's Cup feat

Published on: 02 July 2011

Berekum Chelsea coach Orlando Wellington believes his players deserve every bit of commendation following their win over Asante Kotoko on Friday to lift this year's President Cup.

It took a dramatic penalty shoot-out to separate the two sides who had played out a highly entertaining 2-2 draw in regulation time.

Controversy sparked when referee Mohammed Awal ordered a re-take of two of Chelsea's  missed kicks during the shoot-out which were both expertly converted on the second take but the ex Hearts of Lions coach believes the better side won the game.

"The game was really difficult for us because we used some new players and therefore the cohersion wasn't at 100% as compared to our opponents who have been playing together for sometime now," the obviously excited coach told GHANAsoccernet.com after the match.

"Kotoko no doubt is a very good team and they were determined to win something to appease their fans but I'm sure they'll be the first to concede they lost to a better side."

On the performance of some of the club's new acquisition with specific reference to midfielder Gladson Awako who scored on his debut for the league champions, the ex Heart of Lions coach believes their performance has proved money well spent.

"We knew what they could do and knew they could add a lot of quality to the team and it clearly showed today. Gladson is a quality player and he's already showing how important he could be for us in the coming campaign," he added.

Wellington however emphasized that the late boycoutt of their opponent Kotoko after the penalty shoot-out will in no means taint their victory and are already looking ahead to the Top 4 competition to complete their aim of a  domestic treble.

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