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11.12.2007 League Report

Bekoe Fires Kotoko Revival

Eric Bekoe is on fire, Kumasi Asante Kotoko are on the roll after just two weeks into the Onetouch Premiership, and the Porcupine Warriors look the team to beat this season.

The Porcupine Warriors have made no secret of a determined bid to reclaim the title from stuttering rivals, Accra Hearts of Oak, who lost 0-1 to Ashantigold last Sunday.

An amazing goal rush in recent months makes Bekoe a nightmare for opposing defenders and the young striker is even hungrier for bigger challenges to prove he is Ghana's next big thing on the domestic front.

A classic strike by Bekoe against Zaytuna United last Sunday — his second goal in successive league matches — further cemented his credentials as the man on whose shoulders Kotoko's fortunes rest this season.

However, he is quick to attribute his success to teamwork and a great team spirit rather than glorify himself for Kotoko's impressive run.

Bekoe spearheaded the Kotoko attack which blew apart Zaytuna United and will be seeking a repeat performance against Kwesi Nyantakyi's Wa All Stars tomorrow at the Sunyani Coronation Park.

Since joining the 'Red Army' from Heart of Lions, Bekoe has scored in almost every game with an amazing haul of 17 goals in all competitions, a record that establishes him as the deadliest striker in domestic football and the man who could cause damage to opposing teams as he partners Kwadwo Poku and Emmanuel Kuffour in attack.

He has been an instant hit in 'red' and appears unfazed by the burden of expectation, and the pressure that comes with leading a traditional powerhouse like Kotoko.

“There has been absolutely no pressure on me at all since day one. It's just the same football I am playing and there isn't much difference between playing for Lions and Kotoko,” the striker told the Graphic Sports, and indicated he “wants to hit new heights in Ghana football.”

Tomorrow's game will again determine how high Bekoe and his team-mates will climb after the team maintained two clean sheets and scoring six goals.

A key member of the Black Meteors until his exclusion from the recent Olympic qualifiers, Bekoe's garden has nonetheless looked greener since his switch to Kotoko where he is now the tormentor-in-chef of Coach Bashir's team.

Strong, pacy and stubborn, he has the qualities to hit the desired heights if he maintains his cool head and works hard.

“I look up to George Weah, my idol, and I want to work hard and give of my best for Kotoko and live my dream. I've prayed God to enable me show what I'm capable of doing, and I trust God to give me the strength and grace to fulfil my potential at Kotoko.

“At the moment Michel Essien and Stephen Appiah are the eyes of Ghana football, and I'm determined to work my way to greatness and be mentioned favourably in the not-too-distant future.”

“The Kotoko fans know what I am capable of doing because last season I disciplined them at Kpando when they held Lions to a 1-1 draw, and now I want to do it all for the club and fans,” he waxed lyrically.

For a young attacker with the nose for goals, he certainly has the bragging rights as he lives his dream.

Story by Maurice Quansah