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Oduro promises more magical performance

By: Jerome Otchere

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 Kwabena Yaro.

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 Ibrahim.

 

In a 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.

 

When 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.

 

Stephen Oduro 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.

 

The player 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”.

 

With Sunday’s 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.

 

They were composed in defence. The midfield was strong. And their attackers often looked dangerous on the break.

 

The questionable Kotoko defence however managed to keep them at bay until Prince Anokye was outrun by Basit Ibrahim to score.

 

The first 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.

 

Basit 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 header.

 

King Faisal’s 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.

 

George 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.

 

With barely 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.

 

Kotoko line-up: Eric Nii 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.

 

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Nana Dr. Ampofo- Cape coast
For Kotoko fans who left their houses to watch the Faisal match at the Baba Yara Stadium, you are simply fantabulous. I cant believe this. Black Stars were playing a match which could be watched free on TV and yet people will pay to watch Kotoko-Faisal match. You truly are great fans. God bless you. Well done boys (players) but this is truly a wake up call that the team is not invincible. Please, be careful for the way we concede goals so easily is very alarming. We were lucky today but we will not always be that lucky as we saw against RTU. Let us play and pray hard for it is not over until it is finally over. Once again well done.

 Sammy Obeng, La, Accra
Good show guys, Good show!
Kotoko lives on. Your brilliance continues to reign and we are proud of you.
Fabu; the best always...

Kwabena Boateng, Madina Akatsi Abor.
The fantabulous boys make we the supporters happy after our omotuo on Sundays. I always love to see them play, oh my God, their fighting spirit is more than that of the Israelites. keep it up boys for our support is firmly behind you.

Nii Commey. Meredian University College, KANESHIE, ACCRA.
Oduro has so far shown that he is very good and if given the nod will do much so I am praying Coach Bashir Hayford to give him more playing time for him to display his magical tactics.

osei bonsu rashid-powerhouse, adenta
To the players i say ayekoo,keep on winning and we the supporters of this great club would troop in our thousands to edge you guys on.Fabulous,the best the greatest and the supreme.we need both the league cup and the confederations cup as appreaciation to our unflinging support.AAY KOTOKO BE KU MI.