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13.05.2009 Football News

Kotoko call for prayers

By Daily Guide
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Kojo Poku KUMASI ASANTE Kotoko has appealed to religious bodies of all faith in the country to pray for them so that their poor run in the league finally ends.

Kotoko's leading striker Kojo Poku made the appeal when the Porcupine Warriors shared points with Kessben FC in last Sunday's Glo Premier League match at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.

He wondered why Kotoko with their array of stars were wobbling in their efforts to defend the league title they easily won last season.

Bemused about Kotoko's poor run, Poku noted that neither he nor any member of the team could tell what was amiss.

“I do not know whether the problem is from the technical bench, management or the playing body. In fact our problem is very serious.”  

Poku who ended his goal-scoring drought last Sunday when he cancelled Kessben's lead, said, “The season has been very bad for us and we need prayers from all soccer fans to return to winning ways.”

Readers would recall that following the Kotoko's poor showing in the league so far, head coach of the team, Isaac Opeele Boateng sent a letter to management of the club on Monday, indicating his intention to step down.

The outspoken trainer however did not want to leave Kotoko entirely, as he wanted to revert to his former contractual position as the team's deputy coach.

Opeele, who claimed not to be under any pressure, noted that this was his personal decision and was aimed at reviving the dwindling fortunes of Kotoko.

Like Kojo Poku, the coach could also not pin-point the exact cause of his club's poor run in the league, saying, “I do not know where Kotoko's problem is coming from”.

However, Opeele said total insubordination and politics in the team was having adverse effects on the Porcupine Warriors. He expressed the hope that stepping down as the club's head coach would help bring Kotoko to winning ways.

From I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi 

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