Assistant Coach, Godwin Ablordey and Emmanuel Gyamfi (R).

Godwin Ablordey calls for more seriousness

Posted on: Sat Mar 18, 2017 - Report by Bernard Nyankomago Yeboah

Kotoko might be in winning form and better positioned on the league table than their arch rivals Hearts of Oak. However, Assistant Coach, Godwin Ablordey is under no delusion that, the team ought to be more focused as they prepare the big game in Accra on Sunday. 

He considers it dangerous for the team to be complacent over their present form, maintaining that, Kotoko-Hearts matches over decades have proven to be different. Kotoko began their 2016/17 Premier League campaign well by coming from a goal down to beat Liberty 2-1 at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium. 

Afterwards, they trekked to the Golden City Park to draw goalless with Berekum Chelsea before returning home to beat Bechem United 1-0. With good mental fortitude, the fabulous lads piped Ashgold 1-0 at Obuasi, overpowered a resolute Elmina Sharks; and drew 1-1 with Bolga Stars in Tamale before winning 1-0 over WAFA. 

This record has seen the team at second position with 17 points – the same as what leaders Aduana Stars have. In spite of this, Godwin Ablordey believes Kotoko have more to do. “Winning big matches like the Super Clash doesn’t come on a silver platter. It takes a lot of serious preparation. That’s why I want our players to be on guard and approach Hearts with all seriousness. It’s the only way Kotoko can triumph” he told 

On his review of the Kotoko-WAFA game, Ablordey lauded the effort of the players and like Oliver Twist, demanded more from them. Godwin Ablordey, it will be recalled, captained Kotoko not alone to win crucial matches against Hearts but also scored memorable goals. One that comes to mind easily is the courage with which he converted a late minute penalty for Kotoko in the 2002 league clash with Hearts in Kumasi to end the game 1-1. 

Now as an Assistant Coach, he’s convinced that, the Porcupines have the quality to triumph. He therefore charged the team to show their proverbial fighting spirit to beat Hearts of Oak. 

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