Asante Kotoko comes up against Medema this afternoon at the Akoon Park in a matchday-four outstanding premier league fixture.
The Porcupines, having started slowly in the Ghana premier league after drawing two, winning twice and losing once of their first five matches and would want to record a win as they build on from the Dreams FC win last weekend.
With a great squad in-depth, stop-gap coach Johnson Smith and Abdulai Gazale have the luxury of a full complement of players to choose from for this match, with his biggest headache coming in keeping all of his stars happy. The gaffer is expected to line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation this afternoon.
The defence in the Kotoko side is expected to have Ganiu, Wahab, Nettey and Imoro who is doing extremely well for the side so far. Against a resilient Medeama side, we expect coach Smith hand a start to Habib in midfield to replace Adom Frimpong to stop all Medeama attacks. Off the ball, the offensive midfielders will also need to work hard as coach Samuel Boadu play a very expansive style of football with a lot of men bombing forward all at once.
Here, Myfabulousonline takes a look at how Johnson Smith should set his Kotoko side up against Medeama this afternoon in Tarkwa.
He is gradually staking his claim in this Kotoko side. He showed a great command in the box in games against Dreams FC and Al Hilal. His inclusion is a no-brainer.
Abdul Ganiu will provide the experience at the back. Wahab Adams who has been excellent in the club’s last two game against Dreams FC and Al Hilal is expected to line up alongside the former Karela United man in the centre-back role.
Christopher Nettey and Ibrahim Imoro should continue to feature as the full-backs.
Isn’t it time to find a temporal defensive shield for the back four? The 4-2-3-1 is the best to use, as the Kotoko squad has a plethora of players who are very versatile. Kotoko are still looking for a replacement for Justice Blay while most in need of another option at the base of midfield. Using Habib in that role would address several tactical and squad management problems in this game in place of Adom Frimpong who has not been impressive for the team defensively. Habib should be paired with Anabila.
In such a system, Osman Ibrahim will be expected to play in the No.10 role as he has been doing, where he looks more comfortable.
Emmanuel Gyamfi’s poor performances this season has led to calls for the winger to be dropped, but Johnson Smith does not have a great deal of other options for now. Patrick Asmah should start ahead of Godfred Asiamah on the left side of attack and is expected to continue from where he left off against Dreams FC last weekend.
The few minutes Naby Keita had against Al Hilal is enough testament to his ability. The Guinean import should start ahead of Kwame Opoku who has failed to impress in recent games. Keita needs to score to ward off any competition in the attacking department of the team.
The probable line up:
Razak Abalora, Christopher Nettey, Imoro Ibrahim, Abdul Ganiu, Wahab Adams, Habib Mohammed, Latif Anabila, Osman Ibrahim, Emmanuel Gyamfi, Patrick Asmah, Naby Keita.
The game will be played at 3:00 PM and it will be aired on StarTimes Adepa TV.