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Goal.com Ghana’s Fiifi Anaman touches on the midfielder’s scintillating form and why he could turn out to be Kotoko’s missing vital piece

 Fiifi Anaman
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In their very first game in the Ghana Premier League, Amidaus Professionals, were away to defending champions Asante Kotoko in Kumasi, where they impressively came out with a point after a goalless draw – a result that has since been a reflection of Kotoko’s form this season.

In that very same game, a certain Yahaya Mohammed Sabato - strangely considered surplus to requirements, despite being pivotal in the Porcupine Warriors’ 21st league winning campaign - found himself playing against his former club after being loaned out to the new comers.

It was reported that his constant excessive demands outside his GhC 30, 000 three-year contract with Kotoko led to a strained relationship with management, who despite his quality, decided to give him away for hire. Hearts of Oak came knocking, but Kotoko were not prepared to ‘do an Arsenal’ by selling their best player to their rivals, they slapped a $42 000 pound price tag on him. When Kotoko’s Public Relations Manager Listowell Bukardson said “he is going for a year loan and will join Kotoko for his last season if we need him,” clearly, the former African champions had decided to sacrifice his quality for the problems his demands were set to cause, and looked set to dispose of him forever, possibly.

Just weeks later, the Red Armies were practically forced to renege on their decision - forced by Mohammed’s immaculate show of brilliance and consistency. Without hesitation, they activated their call-back option, obliging him to return to Kumasi for the second half of the season.

Meanwhile, with five games to end the first round, Amidaus fans will find the countdown to his imminent departure hard to endure. The former Wa All Stars and RTU man has proved to be a riveting revelation


- Fiifi Anaman
He has been arguably the best performer in the domestic top flight so far with nine goals in 10 games.

What has been beautiful about his exploits has been how he has rapidly transformed from a versatile defender, through to a pure midfielder right into an attacking dynamo over the past two seasons. Not the sort of dynamo that runs games through graceful play making, but the sort who expertly fuses play making and goal scoring.

The 24-year-old’s five-star performance against David Duncan’s struggling Hearts of Oak in midweek has triggered immense spotlight focus. A clinical double not only got his side a valuable point in Tema, but also got the whole nation in a jaw dropping trance.

To be fair, he should have been talked about since day one. He was in the thick of affairs in all of his side’s impressive performances, not only scoring goals but also creating chances with sheer ease. Coach Tony Lokko has made him the team’s central point of reference – a role he’s rocking brilliantly beyond expectations. With a medal from Kotoko’s title win last season, it is fair to say that the dreadlocked attacker is harnessing the positives of ‘a big fish in a small pond’ situation, using the relatively ‘small’ platform available to him to show his former employers what they are missing. What a way to do it – he currently has more goals singularly than Kotoko as a team this season.

Kotoko on the other hand have been woeful in this campaign – seven draws (meaning a meager seven
"He currently has more goals singularly than Kotoko as a team this season."

points from a possible 21) and three wins means they still are undefeated. Sitting fifth on the log with 16 points, they have only managed eight goals in 10 matches, with strikers Ransford Osei, Kofi Nti Boakye, Seidu Bansi and Richard Mpong all failing to live up to expectations.

Mas-Ud Dramani could use the former OJ Nice man’s drogba-esque qualities to turn Kotoko’s league fortunes around. With the Michael trio (Anaba, Akuffo and Helegbe) being constantly sharp in the chance creation department, all that is needed is that cutting edge. The sort of cutting edge that is so infectious that it can get the others firing as well. The kind of cutting edge that turns draws into wins.

Meanwhile, with five games to end the first round, Amidaus fans will find the countdown to his imminent departure hard to endure. The former Wa All Stars and RTU man has proved to be a riveting revelation thus far, giving the fans of the fledgling club almost all that they have had to cheer about. “Yahaya is a very good player but his exit won’t affect the club because there are equally good players to fill the void,” Lokko told Accra-based Happy FM following Kotoko’s decision to call him back.

Deep down, Lokko knows that his words are merely words. Amidaus have scored 11 goals this season and Mohammed has scored nine of them. Enough said.

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