In his weekly column, Citi Sports editor Nathan Quao looks at how Asante Kotoko are having a bad time, the saga surrounding Martha Bissah and Real Madrid’s slip up in La Liga
Kotoko are in the red ( literally)
Starting a league season in a poor way is not too strange for football teams. The dynamics of the previous season quickly change and that means, the formula that created wins and points might not work the same way and there will be the need to switch things up.
Kotoko are going through similar motions in their campaign in the ongoing 2015 First Capital Plus Premier League and it is very normal to expect fans and sympathisers to be upset with what they are seeing. The hope is that a good turn will come and the defending league champions will conquer all before them and win the championship once again.
But when the Reds have recorded 2 wins, 5 draws and 3 losses, you start to wonder what is really going on. Add the fact that Masud Dramani is no more there and his assistant Michael Osei is not really getting it right and you get a situation that is as displeasing as light soup without salt and lumpy fufu.
A Kotoko official told me of the doubts some people were having about Osei’s ability to handle the team after just a few matches in charge and you can just imagine how that story will end.
The Porcupine Warriors need to stop the poor run immediately and the first step is to get a coach in there ASAP. My sources say David Duncan is coming into the post and I think it is a good appointment.
But the new coach must get things done well and get the Reds out of the red.
Martha, please make up your mind
I remember seeing Martha Bissah ran the 800 metres in Nanjing in 2014 and I was very impressed. The running might not have looked smooth and classy but it had one of the most important elements of the human spirit: determination.
The young athlete gave it all she had and won a gold medal for her efforts.
Fast forward to 2015 and the lady who looked set for big things is at the centre of a situation I call ridiculous.
First, the Ghana Athletics Association wanted to give her a scholarship to the United States for athletics and academics.
Bissah said she needed time to think it through.
But my challenge emerges here when the young lady tells Citi Sports she is waiting for the GAA to come back to her on the scholarship offer.
Yep. She is waiting for the body to tell her something on the scholarship. Can you imagine that?
Her management has even said they are not aware of the GAA’s offer or the one mentioned by the President of Ghana during the State of The Nation Address.
Martha, please see the opportunity facing you and think deeply about all that is happening. You have a long career and the building blocks for that journey can be best laid in school especially one in the United States where the facilities abound.
You also get the chance to be schooled for life because once the running spikes come off, you will have to run the race of life and in that race, the gold medals are handed out to those who have been baked in knowledge.
Think carefully, Miss Bissah.
Madrid trip up and Barca gladly walk past
Momentum is everything in competition and just like a breeze, you can feel if it is with you or not and at the moment, I am very sure that Real Madrid will acknowledge that some of that drive has been given to Barcelona.
Los Blancos went to the San Mames and slipped up in a 1-0 loss to Bilbao. For Barcelona, that result was worth a point even before they stepped out against Rayo Vallecano at the Camp Nou.
They grabbed all the three points in a 6-1 thumping that saw a brace from Luis Suarez and a hat-trick from Lionel Messi.
Barca now have the lead (albeit by a point) but more importantly, they have pushed Madrid into chase mode and that hikes the pressure on them. Of course, Barcelona will have to be very careful because there could be yet another baton change in leadership.
However, they have walked themselves back into the main picture and they will go for every point available.
For me a neutral, it makes the 22nd March El Clasico a lovely encounter. The teams will go for a win but the battle between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will also take some of the headlines.
Why not? They are now tied on 30 league goals.
More of that, boys.