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KOTOKO IMPRESS IN WIN OVER BUFFLES OF BENIN

Posted on: Fri Jan 26, 2018 - Report by Gideon Boakye Botwe

Kotoko were a delight to watch at the Baba Yara Stadium on Thursday as they beat an impressive Buffles FC du Borgou by 1-0 in their first international friendly in pre-season.
 
Emmanuel Gyamfi scored the only goal of the match against the Benin Premier League Champions and CAF Champions League representatives in the 10th minute, hitting into an empty net after Kwame Boahene and Sadick Adams combined well in the box to set him up.
 
Sadick Adams, who was making his return from injury, missed a penalty kick six minutes later in an afternoon where the hosts got their fans clapping and cheering with every build-up play against the Beninois side who also showed great defensive and attacking qualities.
 
Coach Steven Polack fielded a strong starting line-up in goalkeeper Felix Annan, and Amos Frimpong, Eric Donkor, Wahab Adams and Awudu Nafiu in defence. The midfield had Jackson Owusu, Emmanuel Gyamfi, Sylla Mohammed and Kwame Boahene with Sadick Adams in attack.
 
Polack made seven changes in the second half of the second half and the intensity and performance increased, giving the fans the indication of the squad depth and that the Porcupines are on course to being ready for their first CAF Confederations Cup game against CARA Brazzaville which comes off in two weeks.
 
The Porcupines were accurate with their passes though a bit slow when switching play against the Beninois champions who also played beautifully but seldom attacked owing to the defensive prowess of the hosts.
 
Buffles only major threats in the first half were a 36th minute through ball which had Felix Annan come off his lines to clear and an inswinger three minutes later which went across the face of goal.
 
Polack replaced Awudu Nafiu with Emmanuel Owusu, Eric Donkor with Edwin Tuffour, Sylla Mohammed with Frederick Boateng, Jackson Owusu with Seth Opare, Sadick Mohammed with Yakubu Mohammed, Emmanuel Gyamfi with Frank Sarfo Gyamfi and Youth Team graduate, Douglas Owusu Ansah, for Jordan Opoku.
 
Buffles dominated the first seven minutes of the half but recorded only three shots on target all of which were too feeble to create problems.
 
The Porcupines resumed their end-to-end dominance from the 50th minute with Emmanuel Owusu Ansah dictating the pace in the midfield with his dribbles, tackles and passes to the delight of the supporters.
 
Yakubu Mohammed was unlucky to see his connection to Amos Frimpong's 63rd minute inswinger hit the Buffles goalkeeper on the goal line.
 
Wahab Adams was yellow carded for a foul on a Buffles striker in the 85th minute and Kwame Boahene was also booked two minutes later for hitting a shot at goal though a foul had been given against him.
 
Buffles nearly equalised with the last touch of the game but for Felix Annan's instinctive block with his leg.

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