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Didi satisfied with first round performance

Posted on: Mon Jan 14, 2013

Coach Mas-ud Didi Dramani has described the performance of his team in the first round of the 2012/2013 Glo Premier League as satisfactory.

Kumasi Asante Kotoko chalked a 2-1 victory over Liberty at the Ohene Djan Sports Stadium in Accra on Sunday in the outstanding week 15 fixture to jump three places up on the league table.

The Porcupines thus moved from 6th to the 3rd position on the league table. In the opinion of Coach Mas-ud Didi Dramani, the overall performance of the Porcupines who won six matches, drew eight and lost one, earning 26 points was good. He praised them for their hard work and encouraged them to improve in the second round.

“I say to all of you, well done! I am impressed. Your approach, commitment and willingness to win; it was all good. You ended the first round on a good note. I am happy we won. I am also happy with your performance” said Coach Dramani as he addressed his players in the changing room after the match.

Speaking to Kotoko Express in an interview later, the coach said his ability to build a team was one of the high points during the first round. He however was quick to concede that the team’s poor conversion rate upfront was one of the low points. He admitted that the team’s poor finishing upfront is a challenge they have to overcome.

“We have been able to build a team. We had individual players – not a team. Our pattern of play was good. We played together very well. I am satisfied with their performance” said the coach. He observed that the continuous wasting of excellent scoring opportunities along the line affected the confidence of his team. “Our inability to convert decent chances in our matches was bad. We created decent chances all right but our finishing was not the best” he admitted.

Coach Dramani gave the firm assurance that defects in the attacking machinery would be corrected. “A good team must always be able to convert its chances. When you create four decent chances and score two that is massive. We did not do that. It is a challenge we have overcome. We are going to work on that when the second round starts next month” he said.

“We are going to play a series of low profile matches to correct the problems in attack” said the Kotoko coach who thanked his technical lieutenants for their support. He also commended supporters of the club for their patience and urged them to continue to have faith in the team.  

By: Jerome Otchere

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