Wa trip: A test case for Kotoko's caretaker coach Ablordey

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The Porcupine Warriors sacked their manager last week but can caretaker coach Godwin Ablordey hold the fort?

Asante Kotoko surprisingly parted ways with Croatian manager Zdravko Lugarusic as a result of a wide disapproval of his tactics and formation.

The former Gor Mahia boss replaced Michael Osei, who was the caretaker coach after David Duncan was fired middle of last season.

Lugarusic played eleven matches, winning four, sharing the spoils four times and conceding two defeats. Yet, concerns were raised about his 3-5-2 formation, with many insisting that players were played out of position. Kotoko scored eight goals in ten games under him.

The Porcupine Warriors' best performance this season was a 1-0 away win over regional rivals Ashanti Gold on matchday four. They have recorded two victories and three draws since then, losing two other encounters.

With Lugarusic no more in charge, the pressure rests on the shoulders of Godwin Ablordey, who was assistant and now caretaker coach.

Kotoko's next two games are against Wa All Stars away and Aduana Stars at home. Ablordey needs to prove doubters wrong that he is qualified to lead the Kumasi giants at least in the interim.

Both games could decide the Porcupines’ campaign ahead of the second round, as Kotoko keep focus on the league title despite ongoing internal issues.

Wa All Stars

Wa All Stars sit eight on the log with two outstanding games, and have lost once in their last six outings.

Table leaders Wafa could improve their status with a win over debutants Bolga All Stars and widen the gap between them and Kotoko if the latter falter in Wa on Sunday.

Returning with a smile isn’t impossible though as Kotoko have picked three wins in their previous nine visits to Wa, with only three defeats.

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Ablordey must opt for two strikers including Yakubu Mohammed, with support from either Abass Mohammed or Kwame Boateng to avoid a similar outcome against Ebusua Dwarfs.

It’d be better trying to turn things around in the hard way than following the path that led to the sacking of his former boss.

Ablordey must silence critics!

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