Kumasi Asante Kotoko Head Coach Steve Polack has credited his players for showing confidence in stepping up to take penalties in their dramatic CAF Confederation Cup first round qualifier against CARA club of Brazzaville.
Yakubu Mohammed stepped up to convert Kotoko’s fourth spot kick of the game in injury time, after Sadick Adams, Baba Mahama and captain Amos Frimpong had all missed their penalties during the game.
Kotoko goalkeeper Felix Annan was also on hand to save his side’s blushes as he also denied CARA from the spot in the second half.
Steve Polack however refused to point fingers at his players for the squandered opportunities, but praised their willingness to continue fighting even after the penalty disappointments.
“I have never been in a game where there have been five penalties except in a penalty shootout. It’s surprising that five penalties were given and only one went in; it could’ve been 4-1,” he said.
A penalty is a lottery. You either score or you don’t. And we have players in our team who are more than capable of putting penalties away. There is Sadick and Amos who are our first two choices, and then there is Eric [Donkor], Jackson [Owusu] and Baba [Mahama].
They were all confident enough to take the penalties, but that’s the way it is sometimes.”
Yakubu’s goal earned Kotoko a narrow 1-0 win ahead of the second leg in Brazzaville in 10 days time.
By: Daniel Koranteng/citifmonline.com/Ghana');