Etouga & Owusu return to training; Taylor, Oppong & others miss as Kotoko prepare to face Gold Stars


The Cameroonian striker sat out of Kotoko’s training on Thursday as the other players fine tuned but he made a return on Friday ahead of the game against the debutants on Sunday

Asante Kotoko players returned to full training on Friday afternoon after sharing the spoils goalless with Bechem United on matchday nineteen of Ghana Premier at Bechem on Tuesday.

Although, in-form striker Etuoga Mbella Etouga failed to participate in the training session on Thursday due to fatigue, the 20-year-old made a return to training on Friday to join his teammates in preparation for the game on Sunday as Kotoko look forward for their first win in March.

Etouga suffered a terrible attack by Bechem defender Samuel Osei Kuffour as he was stamped on the shoulder.

Although, the incident happened on the blind side of the referees, it was captured on television. As a result, Osei Kuffour has been charged by Ghana Football Association for misconduct and could face at least a three-game ban.

Watch Kotoko’s training session

Etouga currently lead the Ghana Premier League topscorer’s chart with 13 goals, one goal better than Aduana Stars striker Bright Agyei.

Also, youngster Isaac Oppong could not make it to the training due to injury concerns. Although, he recently returned from injury layoff and played against Hearts of Oak in the league, he is yet to play another game.

Again, Solomon Sarfo Taylor missed the training as the striker is currently in Spain. According to reports in the local media, Taylor is finalising his paperwork for an possible transfer to a lower division side in Europe.

Once again, Clinton Opoku was excused from the training due to ill health as he is yet to recover from an injury he sustained a couple of weeks ago.

However, midfielder Stephen Amankonah who has been recently in the news for the bad reasons was spotted at the training ground. Reports suggest Amankonah is looking for a way out of the club and has failed to make Kotoko’s matchday squad for their last three games.

Should his services be needed, the former Berekum Chelsea forward could called upon on Sunday.

Young left back Charles Owusu who picked up a head injury against Dreams FC a fortnight ago, as well as striker Andy Kumi, made a return to training but it is most likely they will not be named in the matchday squad.

Asante Kotoko lead Ghana Premier League log with 41 points after 19 games.


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