Kotoko vs Al-Hilal – CK Akonnor’s pre-match press conference
Asante Kotoko will face Al-Hilal on Sunday at the Baba Yara Stadium as the porcupines will look to maintain their fine form from the last game. CK Akonnor spoke with the media on Saturday morning and we will give you notes from the press conference.
CK Akonnor on Kotoko’s preparation and mentality towards the game:
CK Akonnor said that Sunday’s game will be very difficult because they are facing a very difficult team, he believes the game might be tougher than the encounter they had in Sudan but added that his team have prepared adequately for the match.
“We are playing an opponent that is on top of our group, we played them some weeks ago but the situation is different now because they have a new coach and they have been a lot of change in the team; they are very disciplined,” Akonnor said to the press
“But we are prepared and confident of getting a good result” he added.
On the Injury situation:
CK Akonnor revealed that he is not pleased with the injury situation at the club, he added that three players won’t be available for tomorrow’s game; Maxwell Baakoh, Richard Senanu and Emmanuel Gyamfi. He also stated that they have a fresh injury problem with one of his important players but refused to reveal the name of the player.
Approach to the game:
CK Akonnor says his team will move the ball well, he added that they will employ a free playing flow that will create opportunities for his team to score.
“We will move with the ball and create a lot of scoring opportunities for ourselves, we will try to play a free-flowing type of play,” he said.
On reports National team call-ups of Kotoko players:
CK Akonnor said that he read reports that some of his players have been called up to the National team and added that it should be a form of encouragement to the players (if reports are true).
“It is a big plus for us, we need to work more. If given the opportunity to be a part of the senior team it means you are doing something good and should serve as an encouragement, and those are not invited should be encouraged as well”