FEATURE: Five reasons why Asante Kotoko will retain league title

Published on: 12 September 2013
FEATURE: Five reasons why Asante Kotoko will retain league title
Asante Kotoko players celebrating a goal

GHANAsoccernet.com is taking an in-depth look on why Asante Kotoko will retain their Premier League title in the upcoming season.

The Porcupine Warriors open their defence of the title they have now won back-to-back away from Kumasi even though it is their official home match as they continue to serve out a home ban for crowd trouble last season against Aduana Stars.

I am however of the conviction that the Fabulous lads already have a head start over their competitors even before the first whistle is blown for the start of the Ghanaian top flight this weekend.

These are five reasons why this faith of another successful title defence of Kotoko is envisaged.

Core team remains: The core of the Kotoko team despite their recent administrative problems remain intact. The team have suffered only two key exits unlike the recent past where the side was hit with a massive exodus of their quality materials. Apart from the departure of Rashid Sumaila [who wasn’t their own player] and Kofi Nti-Boakye, every other player that grabbed the headlines last season are still with the club.

Quality Signings: The immense benefits of the buys of Abeiku Ainooson and Christoper Bonney was clearly evident in Kotoko’s Super Cup win over Medeama on Sunday. While Ainooson is already hitting a harmonious chord in his partnership with Kwabena Edusei in the heart of Kotoko’s defence, Bonney’s surging runs from the right served as a constant threat to Medeama on Sunday.

The Procupine Warriors have also signed an expreince goalkeeper in Jospeh Addo who will serve as a worth back up for the likes of Abdoulaye Soulama, Isaac Amoako and Felix Annan.

Not to also forget the return of Yahaya Mohammed, Jordan Opoku and Stephen Oduro. These are seasoned Premiership players and will give Kotoko that needed quality in becoming a formidable side again.

The Didi Factor: No doubt coach Mas-Ud Didi Dramani had a tough debut in the Ghanian top flight last term but crucially he managed to retain Kotoko as champions which was clearly the basic justification for him to him keeping his job.

He can only get better with the benefit of experience and knowing well at first hand what it takes to win a Premier League match in Ghana. He has also grown his relationship with a good set of players who should by now be abrest with the gaffers preferred tactics depending on the opposition since I know Didi likes to tinker a lot.

Supporters: Surely the current Kotoko crop wouldn’t want to disappoint the massive support base of the side again. After the depression of the side’s early exit from the CAF Champions League last season, the player are well aware they will face the brunt of supporters if they fail to deliver again.

Again the support appears to be galvanizing again – a situation which was fast diminishing following the recent administrative problems within the club.

Seemingly poor competition: I look at the great crop of players and the consistency of the Kotoko team and I struggle to find any club in the top flight that can match up with the same resources. I may be making a big mistake here as especially in Ghana football, not always the best assembled team come out victorious.

However on the FACE OF what the teams in this division look like, Asante Kotoko are clearly a mile ahead of their competition – I mean this gulf in quality was clearly evident against Medeama – a side that is expected to challenge for the title this season. They ended up being hammered 3-0, what more can I say?!

 

 

Comments

  • 3T
    says: 5 years ago
    in ur dreams mr writtet keep on dreaming nonsense
  • Skilful
    says: 5 years ago
    MICHEAL Anaba also left. No doubt Kotoko is a title contender bt I know they have the players but nt a team. Hearts have the team and they play as a unit.
  • Kwesi
    says: 5 years ago
    kwasia journalist..bias is all u know
  • Derek
    says: 5 years ago
    Your points are baseless Mr. GSN journo. I am just laughing here cos the editor himself couldn't see this as junk or maybe trash.
  • agbee
    says: 5 years ago
    Mister writer this can only happen in your dream hahahahahaha.pls continue dreaming
  • GHFUO, BE SERIOUS NOT PRIDEFUL!
    says: 5 years ago
    WHO CARES ABOUT LEAGUE TITLE. WE WANT A CLUB STADIUM AND THE CAF TROPHY
  • abu-sadat issah
    says: 5 years ago
    kotoko ar goin to retain de title coz dey hv de team capable of doin dat...bonney iz de current best right baq in gh...so no doubt dey wil retain de cup
  • Draman Appiah
    says: 5 years ago
    Apes league!!
  • Draman Appiah
    says: 5 years ago
    Apes/gays/baboonf league!!
  • sam d upcoming journalist
    says: 5 years ago
    u hit right on d head mr. journo kotoko is going to retain d league title again because about 90% of players who played last season are stil in d team. didi is stil d coach nd d return yaya mohammed nd purchase of jordan opoku, christopher bonney, abeiku ainosson nd steven oduro are great signings
  • sam d upcoming journalist
    says: 5 years ago
    u hit the nail right on d head mr. journo kotoko is going to retain d league title again because about 90% of players who played last season are stil in d team. didi is stil d coach nd d return yaya mohammed nd purchase of jordan opoku, christopher bonney, abeiku ainosson nd steven oduro are great signings
  • alfred mc-kenzie
    says: 5 years ago
    this is all u good for nothing road side journalism school knows,what else can one expect from u people than this biased piece?what prevented the writer from adding his name and if I may ask what are just two reasons why kotoko will win the caf champions league?low cost reporter who are bought by ordinary mtn rechargable cards!
  • GH Panther
    says: 5 years ago
    I don't understand why people are attacking the writer. Its an opinionated article and he gave his reasons, very good ones in my opinion. So if u disagree, give ur reasons or counter points rather than jux sit back and insult him when u hv not even challenged a single pt made.For me, all his points are valid and any objective person will also agree.
  • Nana kotoko
    says: 5 years ago
    i find it very difficult to understand why people insulting the writer? All those who insulted this man have no idea about football so go support other sports,if not anything the defending champions are always favorite to win the league so what's your problem.Well i can forgive you all maybe your understanding is very limited .
  • SOCCERMAN
    says: 5 years ago
    Let them insult. That's all they know. What accolades did they not give their players at the beginning season? In the end they had to buy matches to save their team from relegation; and their junior side was the very last at the bottom of their league.
  • FABU THE BEST & THE GREATEST
    says: 5 years ago
    Fabulous forever. Simply the best.