Ernest Owusu Ansah - Operations Manager.
Patience please, patience!
Bernard Nyankomago Yeboah
Posted on: Tue Apr 18, 2017
I’m worried. My worry is not about the fact that Kotoko have dropped points in their last two matches against Hearts and Inter Allies. It is rather about how some Kotoko sometimes are criticising Coach Zdravko Logarusic almost everywhere.
It baffles me why a coach who is first on the league table with 18 points should be lambasted as if he’s bottom on the table. After Sunday’s goalless draw against Inter Allies in Kumasi, I observed that most fans were angry. They booed at the coach. Sometimes, we have to call a spade a spade. The players were wasteful upfront. They missed golden chances that came their way. We can’t turn a blind eye on that and attribute the draw to Zdravko’s tactics.
We have to accept that every coach has his own philosophy. The type of system a coach believes in – whether familiar or not does not matter. What matters is the result his system produces. Coach Zdravko came to Kotoko with the 3-5-2 formation. It was new to most people but the most important thing for me is that, there’s been steady progress with that.
Under this system, Kotoko have won five and drawn two in seven league matches. In spite of this record, people have been complaining about tactics. Zdravko changed to the usual 4-4-2 formation against Hearts in the Super Clash. Kotoko lost for the first time this season.
I thought for once, Zdravko’s critics will be quiet after the 4-4-2 system failed the team in Accra. However, the talking and questions on Zdravko’s tactical ability haven’t ceased. Some people are using radio and other social media networks to circulate false reports on the coach’s work.
I don’t know what we often want. Recently, the coach left for holidays in his country and sections of the media reported that he has parted ways with Kotoko. When he returned to Ghana, somebody called and queried me why he was allowed back. I didn’t tolerate him because it was clear he had nothing good to say. My question is simple. What do we want from Zdravko?
Maybe some have seen something bad about the coach which I am yet to know or see. Nobody can convince me that, Kotoko under Zdravko have been poor. Never. The fact that Kotoko are among the best teams in the league after nine rounds of matches tells me, the coach is working hard. Compare the team’s current performance to last season and you will see there has been improvement. Facts and numbers alone from this season and last season, vindicate the coach.
I believe Zdravko needs to be motivated. Castigating him unnecessary will not help our course. It will only distract him, that’s if he allows it. Zdravko has his own weakness just like any coach will have. Where he falls shorts, we shouldn’t use that to crucify him but to motivate him.
Patience is what Kotoko need at this time. Our impatience has cost the team a lot over the years. It is partly the reason the team has continuously failed in continental assignments. The least mistake a coach does, we chase him out for a new coach. Teams aren’t built like that. It’s high time we took lessons from our past mistakes.
Zdravko has been with Kotoko for just three months. From the way he has started, he could do a lot with time. Remember, Kotoko recruited ten new players before the season started. It will take time for them to blend well with the old ones. That’s why everybody need to exercise restraint. Let’s put our shoulders to the wheel and help in any way possible.
Hearts made a similar mistake last season and lived to regret it when they sacked their coach after a relatively good run. They started the league well under Coach Kenichi. They however exerted unnecessary pressure on him and eventually showed him the exit. That was the end of their bright journey in the season. Kotoko should be careful not to repeat that mistake. Zdravko should be given time and patience to work. He has what it takes to lead Kotoko to a title triumph.
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