EXCLUSIVE: Amankona & Owusu start as Ogum makes three changes in Kotoko’s XI to face WAFA

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The Porcupines gaffer has ringed changes in the starting line up that lost at home last weekend as they prepare to face WAFA this afternoon

Asante Kotoko will have some new faces in their starting line up as they face West African Football Academy on matchday 27 of Ghana Premier League at the RedBull Arena in Sogakope on Saturday.

Having lost their last two games, pressure is mounting on Prosper Ogum Narteh to salvage the situation before things turn from bad to worse.

As a result, he has made some changes in defence and midfield with the hope of at least avoiding a defeat this time around.

Following the suspension of left-back Imoro Ibrahim through accumulated yellow cards and the club’s decision to suspend Patrick Asmah until the end of the season, Charles Owusu has been given the nod to start.

The youngster struggled in the Kumasi derby against Dreams FC and was even substituted at a point, however, Ogum believes he is in good condition to fill the void for Kotoko today.

Goalkeeper Danlad Ibrahim will maintain his place in the post while Christopher Nettey, Yussif Mubarik and Andrews Appau complete the defensive setup.

In midfield, Stephen Amankona has been handed his first start in almost two months. The former Berekum Chelsea star will replace Dickson Afoakwa who some supporters describe as a mess in recent time.

Since box-to-box midfielder Richard Boadu ‘Agadas’ has also been suspended through accumulated yellow cards, Mudasiru Salifu has been selected to start as a result. Salifu will also be the captain of the day in the absence of Abdul Ganiu Ismail and Imoro.

Meanwhile, red hot Cameroonian strikers Etuoga Mbella and George Mfegue will lead the attack for Kotoko. The duo shot blank against Legon but they will hope to return to the score sheet this time around.

Kotoko lead the Premier League log with 52 points, seven points better than Bechem United who travel to Baba Yara Sports Stadium to battle relegation-threatened King Faisal on Sunday.

Kotoko XI vs WAFA

Ibrahim Danlad, Christopher Nettey, Charles Owusu, Yussif Mubarik, Andrews Appau, Mudasiru Salifu, Sherrif Mohammed, Fabio Gama, Georges Mfegue, Frank Etouga, Stephen Amankona

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