After guiding his lads to secure an emphatic 3-0 victory over Nkana Red devils, head coach of Asante Kotoko Charles Akunnor admits how difficult it was for him to motivate the players ahead of the game.
Following the previous weekend’s 3-1 defeat in Kitwe, Akunnor and his charges were hugely criticised for putting up what some people choose to describe as an uninspiring performance, a situation which placed the players and the entire technical team under pressure.
Speaking to the media after Sunday’s perfect response on the field, Akunnor confessed that he actually suffered one of his toughest moments in his coaching career,when he had to psych himself up and as well motivate his players to forget about the off the pitch pressure coming from fans.
“It is a worry how some people see the game. I am not worried by criticisms but if it gets personal, then its a problem. Sometimes it gets too harsh on the players and this is about the difficult moment I have had in my career trying to psyche up the players for this game”
It looked like a good job done on the players by the coach.The starting eleven that turned up on the day were full of energy and clearly looked like a motivated crop of players ready to put everything on the line to secure the victory.
The first half romp over Nkana places the Porcupine warriors on second with 6 points,tied with Nkana but ahead of the Zambians due to the head to head rule.Their next assignment is a home game against Sudan’s Al hilal in Kumasi on March 10.