Five things we learned from the Kotoko - Sony Nguema game presents five things we learned from the Porcupine Warriors' Caf Champions League encounter with Sony Nguema on Sunday
By Edmund Okai Gyimah

Kumasi Asante Kotoko opened their Caf Champions League with an emphatic 7-0 humiliation of Equatoguinean champions Sony Ela Nguema.

The score line is Kotoko's biggest in the history of the competition since they started participating in it over four decades ago. presents five things we learned from the match.

Adequate preparation is ideal for games

The Porcupine Warriors prepared adequately for the game against Nguema and they came out with an emphatic win which now means the second leg is almost a mere formality. Kotoko were in camp throughout the break of the Ghana Premier League and were able to play high profile friendly games against Obuasi Ashanti Gold, BA United, Medeama and others in which they recorded laudable wins and it did help coach Dramani to fix the cracks in the team.

Purchase of new players helped Kotoko

The signing of experienced right-back Kwasi Bobie Ansah and new sensation Abdul Aziz Yusif also helped the Fabulous club on Sunday as they showed real class to help the Ghana league defending champions record a win. Yussif was on the scoring sheet whilst Ansah who has previously played for Hearts of Oak and also tasted Africa with Kotoko flourished at the right side of defence.

Attackers need to be sharper

Despite the seven-goal mauling it was evident that the attack of Kumasi Asante Kotoko were not very sharp, with the exception of Yussif who was very pacey. Kofi Nti Boakye though a clinical finisher should time his running and be a little bit swift in order to bang in more goals for the club in their Africa campaign and learn to score more as well.

Anaba is the heart of Kotoko midfield

Black Satellites midfield anchor Michael Anaba is the heart beat of the Kumasi-based club and he was the main fulcrum on which the Kotoko team revolved on Sunday. He was an embodiment of vision, skills, strength and an eye for goal as the Porcupine Warriors routed the Equatorial Guinea champions. The 19-year-old will be very ideal if Kotoko are to get to the money zone of this year’s Caf Champions League.

The fans played a part

From the onset, the packed to capacity Baba Yara Stadium was all rooting for Kumasi Asante Kotoko and it really gingered the team on. The fans gave the players the needed morale by cheering them on and as they chant for more goals to flow, the Kotoko players heed that clarion call and delivered.