promises more magical performance
Posted: 8th June 2008
Kotoko’s ever green midfielder, Stephen Oduro has said he would
continue to do his best for the club as long as he has the
strength and energy to play.
He says age did not matter and that until he was too weak to
play, he would produce magical moments that would continue to
make the supporters happy. The brilliant midfielder once
referred to as the ‘fan belt’ of Kotoko scored a spectacular
goal that sealed victory over King Faisal at the Baba Yara
Sports Stadium on Sunday.
King Faisal, the away team, scored the first goal through
striker Basit Ibrahim. He capitalised on a defensive error by
Prince Anokye in the 51st minute to put the ball beyond the
reach Goalkeeper Eric Nii Baah.
Sixteen minutes later, Skipper Emmanuel Osei Kuffour equalised
with an excellent header following a brilliant cross from
When it appeared that Kotoko was in for another draw against
Faisal, Stephen Oduro in the 80th minute scored the winning goal
with a terrific left foot stinker that zoomed into the roof of
the King Faisal post to the bewilderment of goalie Iddrisu
post-match interview, Stephen Oduro who substituted injured
Jordan Opoku after recess expressed his delight. “King Faial
gave us a good challenge but I am happy we won. We had to win to
confirm our supremacy. They are our junior brothers. In all
things we have God to thank” he said.
Kotoko played Heart of Lions in Accra, it was Stephen Oduro who
scored the winning goal with another expert shot. Asked whether
he was now developing the knack for scoring winning goals,
Oduro’s response was brief.
“I have not
been doing anything new. I always want to be a winner. When I
get the chance, I will make the difference” he continued.
pledged his commitment to Kotoko saying that the only way he
could prove his loyalty was contributing to the team’s success.
By far, Oduro
commands great respect among Kotoko supporters.
therefore used the opportunity thank Kotoko supporters. “The
fans are strong people. They never lose hope. I thank them for
their support. They deserve praise. I encourage them to rally
behind us because we need them all the time”.
2-1 triumph, Kotoko once again confirmed its superiority over
King Faisal but that did not come the easy way. Faisal exhibited
true brilliance. What they lacked though was the character.
composed in defence. The midfield was strong. And their
attackers often looked dangerous on the break.
questionable Kotoko defence however managed to keep them at bay
until Prince Anokye was outrun by Basit Ibrahim to score.
half produced no goals although Kotoko was more purposeful
upfront. Kwadwo Poku successively squandered brilliant scoring
chances and so made way for Kwabena Yaro in the 57th minute.
Ibrahim’s goal awakened the Porcupine Warriors who kept the
Faisal defence boiling right up to the 74th minute when Emmanuel
Osei Kuffour skillfully beat Iddrisu Ibrahim with a powerful
Coach, Steven Polack, pulled out Abubakar Awudu for Stephen Amo
to strengthen his attack. Julius Adjabeng also replaced injured
Osei Kwame Junior and Kotoko’s desire to secure a win was
largely kept alive by Samuel Inkoom. Debutant Mark Sekyere had
quite a remarkable outing. His work rate was far impressive than
what Simon Martey showed in his debut match at the El-Wak Sports
Stadium when Liberty hosted Kotoko.
Asare, Prince Anokye, Samuel Inkoom and later Julius Adjabeng’s
presence was felt at the defense, but there were however gaping
holes in central defence.
ten minutes left, Kotoko’s unconquerable spirit was at play. It
was therefore not surprising when Stephen Oduro scored the vital
second goal to clinch victory.
Baah, Samuel Inkoom, Osei Kwame Junior/Julius Adjabeng, George
Asare, Prince Anokye, Mark Sekyere, Francis Akwaffo, Daniel Nii
Adjei, Jordan Opoku/Stephen Oduro, Kwadwo Poku/Kwabena Yaro,
Emmanuel Osei Kuffour. Unused substitutes: Ofosu Amoah,
Francis Coffie, Prince Amponsah, Isaac Amoako.