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Asante Kotoko 1-0 Hearts of Oak: Five things learned as Etouga finally scores against the Phobians

The result of Asante Kotoko’s 1-0 win against Hearts of Oak on Sunday at the Baba Yara Stadium has increased the gap between the two teams to 16 points.

In the 17th minute, Franck Mbella Etouga scored from the penalty spot to give the Porcupine Warriors the lead, which proved to be the game-changing goal.

Hearts pushed and puffed, particularly in the second half, but were unable to produce an equalizer, putting Prosper Narteh’s side one step closer to winning the league championship.

Here are five things we took away from the experience.

The number of people that attend games must increase.

This game is often regarded as the most important on the local landscape. As a result, it was predicted that the stadium would be packed as Kotoko and Hearts fought it out. Despite this, there were portions of vacant seats scattered across the stadium, which was a letdown. Some of the fault may be laid at the feet of the Ghana Football Association, who rescheduled the match to coincide with other games in the Ghana Premier League and other competitions across the world. The fans, on the other hand, are the ones who kick off the process. It is expected that the Ghana Premier League would benefit from the more dynamic environment created by the Ghana against Nigeria match in Kumasi.

Kotoko makes a more compelling argument for winning the trophy.

This season, Asante Kotoko have struggled in their two previous meetings with the Phobians, drawing one and losing the other. Prosper Narteh Ogum raised several injury worries before to the game, and it seemed like the team’s chances of winning were slim. A score early in the game and a strong defensive performance throughout the game marked a turning point for the guys. Some stakeholders have questioned Kotoko’s capacity to compete against the world’s best teams in the past. This game couldn’t possibly be much larger, and they have effectively silenced the naysayers in the process. If they keep up their current form, they will almost probably win the Ghana Premier League title.

It is imperative that Franck Mbella Etouga be kept alive at all costs.

Mbella had been roundly condemned for not showing up against the Phobians in the previous two games, and with good reason going into the contest. Previously, the Cameroonian had a difficult time getting touches and making an effect. Nevertheless, with the assistance of Fabio Gama, the league’s leading scorer was more engaged in the game overall, although making a few blunders, and he topped it off with his 16th goal of the season from the penalty spot. He has been linked with a number of foreign teams, and the number of suitors is expected to grow. It is up to the Kotoko administration to figure out how to retain him on board, particularly if they want to participate in Africa’s continental tournaments in the future.

Awako pulls off yet another vanishing trick.

Bringing Gladson Awako on board for Hearts of Oak this season is part of the club’s strategy to improve the overall quality of the squad. He was fantastic in the previous season, and he was perhaps one of the top players on the local scene during that time period (Great Olympics). This season has been a disappointment for the 31-year-old, who has shown just glimpses of the talent that has been hailed about him. He was completely singled out against Kotoko and will have to raise up his game in the next games.

Hearts have a lot of work to do to prepare for the next season.

The defeat for Samuel Boadu and his team means that they will be unable to defend their league title since they are too far behind their opponents, particularly Asante Kotoko, who are currently 16 points ahead with just 10 games remaining. This season, the squad has failed to produce success, and as a consequence, they have missed out on opportunities to play on both the continental and domestic stages. They must now begin making early preparations for the next season in order to return even stronger.

Written by: Bill Eshun

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