The Porcupine Warriors boss has revealed the players he would use to face his former side in the make or break encounter on Saturday
Asante Kotoko head coach Prosper Ogum Narteh has named a 21-man squad which he will use to face his former club West African Football Academy on matchday 27 of Ghana Premier League at the Academy Park in Sogakope on Saturday.
After two defeats in a row, Kotoko are in a dire need of victory as other clubs gradually close in on them in the title chase. Despite Bechem United’s inability to win any of their last two games, they have been able to reduce the gap between them and Kotoko to seven and another slip by Ogum’s side will means that Bechem could further reduce the difference.
Kotoko will be be without their influential captain captain Abdul Ganiu Ismail after failing to fully recover from the injury he sustained several weeks ago.
Also, midfielder Richmond Lamptey could not make the matchday squad since he is yet to recover from the knee injury he picked up more than a fortnight ago.
Moreover, Imoro Ibrahim has been suspended ahead of the game due to accumulated yellow cards and his back up Patrick Asmah has also been ruled out of the fixture due to the club’s decision to suspend him.
Asmah reportedly had a bust up with head coach Prosper Ogum Narteh during training earlier this week.
Asmah then left the pitch fuming and allegedly accused the coach of being bias in his selections as he picks players based on favouritism and not on merit.
In the absence of the duo, Charles Owusu is expected to start the game. Although, the youngster struggled against King Faisal in the Kumasi derby a couple of weeks ago, he is the only player left to fill the void.
Richard Boadu ‘Agadas’ will also miss the game due to accumulated yellow cards. The midfielder’s yellow card recieved in the 3-1 loss to Legon Cities last weekend means that he now has three cards.
Lastly, midfielder Justice Blay will be missed as he has been ruled out of action for the rest of the season. The 28-year-old rejoined Kotoko from Medeama in the second half of the season but his involvement has been cut short due to a knee injury he picked up against King Faisal.
Kotoko’s full squad to Sogakope.
Danlad Ibrahim, Kwame Baah
Christopher Nettey, Charles Owusu, Yussif Mubarik, Maxwell Agyemang, Andrew Appau, Samuel Appiah
Mudasiru Salifu, Fabio Gama, Clinton ‘Messi’ Opoku, Emmanuel Keyekeh, Sherrif Mohammed, Stephen Amankona, Dickson Afoakwa
Solomon Sarfo Taylor, Mbella Etouga, George Mfegue Rodrigues, Evans Adomako, Samuel Boateng