League glory is a morale booster – Felix Annan
Posted on: Thu May 10, 2012
Young goalie Felix Annan is proud to be part of the history making Kotoko squad that has won the Glo Premier League for the 21st time.
Speaking to Kotoko Express Annan said the league success would inspire him to do more for Asante Kotoko in the days ahead. He congratulated his colleagues for the yeoman’s job done and urged them to focus on a bigger picture of conquering both the domestic league and Africa next season.
Below are excerpts of the interview:
Kotoko Express (KE): Good evening Felix.
Felix Annan (FA): Good evening.
KE: I can see you are glad for winning your first league title.
FA: Very happy because it is not easy to win a premiership title at the age of 17 with no other club than Kotoko.
KE: Before we talk about this success, please tell us something about yourself?
FA: Felix Annan is an up and coming goalie who is dreaming big to keep the post for the Black Stars in the near future. I was born to Mr. Joseph Annan and Madam Dora Lomotey on November 22, 1994 in Accra. I am the last of three brothers and a former goalkeeper of Gomoa Fetteh Feyenoord Academy.
KE: How did you join Kotoko?
FA: Joining Kotoko came like a miracle because I never thought of playing for such a big club at my age. I remember Feyenoord played against Kotoko in a friendly match in April last year in Kumasi and I kept the post. Kotoko made many incursions but I denied them victory so the game eventually ended 1-1. I received a lot of applause from Kotoko officials and supporters after the game. Four months later we went to Belgium and Holland to participate in a special Youth Tournament. We placed 4th in Belgium among 16 teams and 3rd among eight teams in Holland. I was adjudged the Best Goalkeeper in both tournaments. On arrival, one of our officials told me that they have agreed on terms with Kotoko.
KE: How did you feel when you stormed Oseikrom and met experienced goalkeepers like Abdoulaye Soulama and Isaac Amoako?
FA: I felt happy because when I was with Feyenoord I used to admire them a lot. The reception from these goalies, Joe Carr and other Kotoko technical staff made me really feel at home.
KE: Which was your first competitive game for Kotoko and how did you fare in that particular game?
FA: My first competitive game for Kotoko was against Hearts of Oak in the Super Two in Accra. I watched the first leg from the stands in Kumasi. But fortunately I was selected among the squad for the second leg. Before the game we camped at Adukrom in the Eastern Region where we played against a selected side in a practice match. I came in as substitute and I fared well. When we were coming to Accra to face Hearts, I never thought of playing because Soulama was around. Unfortunately, he got injured after recess and I replaced him. The score line at that time was 1-1 but eventually we won 3-1. That game I must say was a breakthrough for me.
KE: Wow! Since then have you got the chance to keep the post for Kotoko again?
FA: Not yet but I have been on the bench on many occasions in the league. I have also been the regular goalie for the reserve side.
KE: What do you think motivated Kotoko to win the league?
FA: It’s good preparation, dedication and determination. Before the season started, Kotoko embarked on intensive preparations and I believe that preparations have paid off. Aside that I think the players we have in the team are very dedicated. Whenever any player gets the chance, he tries to do something good; that willingness to triumph has brought us this far.
KE: Some people believe the team has been playing it soft ever since the title was won, what is your take on this assertion?
FA: It is never true. People shouldn’t forget that we have been missing some our regular players in the last couple of games. If you look at our last game in the FA Cup for instance we missed Awal Mohammed, Ohene Brenya, Ben Acheampong, Kofi Nti Boakye, Baba Rahman, Prince Baffoe and co. These are regular players and obviously their absence will affect the team. The fans must exercise patience for they will see a huge improvement on Sunday.
KE: That reminds me. What do you think accounted for the team’s failure in the FA Cup?
FA: Its part of the game. You don’t expect to win all the time. Luck was on the side of Amidaus and they carried the day. Let’s accept defeat in good faith and go back to the drawing board and correct our mistakes. At least we can take solace from the fact that we have won the league.
KE: The Kotoko reserve side has been sensational this season. You have not conceded defeat in 12 games. What is the secret?
FA: Every player in the reserve team wants to prove his worth in order to get a chance in the senior side. Apart from that I will also give credit to Henry Wellington and his technical staff because we really understand everything they teach us.
KE: How has preparation gone so far with the Black Satellites?
FA: The team is in good shape and by the time we will arrive in South Africa to play in the invitational tournament involving South Africa, Brazil, Argentina, Japan, Egypt, Nigeria and Cameroon, everybody will see the best out of the team.
KE: I wish you good luck.
FA: Thank you Bernard!
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