Yacouba’s absence won’t affect Kotoko’s gameplan against Hearts in Super Clash – supporters chief

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The Porcupine Warriors supporters chief believes missing their out of favour striker will not affect their game plan against the Phobians this weekend

Ashanti Regional Circles chairman of Asante Kotoko, Obeng Sekyere, has insisted that they will defeat Hearts of Oak this weekend in Ghana Premier  League matchday six despite concerns about the availability of striker Songne Yacouba.

The Burkina Faso international is likely to be dropped from the squad that will travel to Accra by Maxwell Konadu following controversies surrounding his future. Yacouba is reported to have refused to come to terms with the club’s top hierarchy.

The 29-year-old is demanding a $150,000 before signing a contract extension which has led to Kotoko’s decision to allow him to leave as a free agent.

In effect, the club has signed William Opoku as a back up and the budding talent is expected to be named among the three strikers in the matchday squad alongside Richard Arthur and Naby Keita.

“Yacouba has made up his mind not to sign a contract extension with Kotoko so psychologically he is not sound and needs to be replaced by an equally good player for the game against Hearts of Oak on Sunday,” Sekyere told Otec FM.

“We the supporters have no problem even if he decides to rest for the number of days left on his contract. Kotoko lost games which he was part so his exclusion on Sunday will not have any negative effect on the team,” he added.

According to AshesGyamera.com’s sources, Yacouba who is yet to score a goal for Kotoko since June 2019, has barely two months left on his contract and could be heading to Egypt to sign for FC Smouha.

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