Time is fast approaching for ES Setif-Asante Kotoko encouraged in Algeria. The Ghanaian club will leave the shores of the West African country on Friday, if all plans remain intact. Asante Kotoko will ought to change the approach deployed for the first leg at the Accra Sports Stadium.
The first leg ended 2 – 1 for ES Setif. With Kotoko trailing, they will need to toil for goals in Algeria this weekend. At this juncture, it must be noted, goals determine the winner than any other factor.
On the backdrop of the first leg defeat to Asante Kotoko, the Porcupine Warriors can only make amends with goals. Goals that will be unanswered as much as possible.
For instance, two unanswered goals in Algeria seal their qualification to the next stage of the competition.
A goal cannot provide any remedy.
Based on how Asante approached the first leg, they need to tighten the defence and the holding role, going into this game. They are in dire need of goals, but that should not be traded for a weak defence.
In this case, Mubarik Yussif and Ganiu can man the central defence, whiles Habib Mohammed takes charge of the holding role. This will guarantee an impregnable shield for goalkeeper Razak Abalora.
In midfield, Asante Kotoko should maintain Fabio Gama either for the first half or second half of the game. From the first leg, he outlived his relevance in the second leg. In a game where the Ghanaian representation is hunting for goals, they cannot afford to lose balls to opponents. Gama’s strength will not permit him to boss the midfield throughout the entire game. His colleagues in the midfield, should be ready for a tedious job, since that space defines and dictates the movement of the game.
Upfront, Kwame Opoku and Naby Keita will be needed for the game. Chunk of the task rest on their shoulders, hence, ought to be useful for goals. This is an away game and they have to stay alert and read the game purposely against offside. Their inability to check that could ruin their goal ambitions.
The next article will concentrate on tactical approach for Asante Kotoko in Algeria.