BUDU’S CORNER: Why Asante Kotoko Must Not Let Go Of Songne Yacouba Featured
01 Dec

BUDU’S CORNER: Why Asante Kotoko Must Not Let Go Of Songne Yacouba

Songne Yacouba’s contract situation with Asante Kotoko is much in the air and that will seriously worry the club who wouldn’t want to experience the departure of certain key players as was the case last season. Yacouba according to reports in the Ghanaian media has few months of his contract left with the Kumasi club.

The dreadlocked Burkinabe forward is said to have already rejected an offer furnished him by the club and is asking for an improved offer which the club isn’t ready to meet. With the entrenched positions taken by both parties, it can only mean that the bromance between Songne Yacouba and Asante Kotoko is all but ended.
 
Yacouba joined the club in 2017 under the tutelage of Paa Kwesi Fabin. His development may have stagnated a bit due to injury but when fit, there aren’t many more exciting forwards in the Ghanaian top-flight than him. Yacouba is a clever player. He tries to do better and has done better. He is an exceptional engine, always ready to execute his duties efficiently and effectively. He runs, his movements are great, he’s brave and exceptionally humble. 
 
Yacouba is an explosive player who possess a lot of pace, can play on the flanks as a wide forward or a winger, but enjoys cutting inside and using his powerful right foot. Dribbling and managing to keep possession are two other strong qualities he boasts. He can shoot with both feet, a dead-ball specialist, and his finishing is strong. An unselfish player, he likes to get in positions to assist his team-mates and create chances.
 
It is not only his goals that endear him to his manager, team-mates and fans. It is his all-round style; he plays with a vivacity, power and cleverness that uplift those around him and enable him to thrive in variety of positions. Not since Eric Bekoe have Kotoko had a striker so adept to hold-up- play but what really makes him valuable is his work rate. Yacouba tries to win almost every ball back, even if this means going deep to chase it. Something which you notice with Yacouba is that he draws quite a lot of fouls due to his ability to dribble and do the unexpected.
 
In Yacouba, the Porcupine Warriors have a player they can build around, a player already at the level they crave to return to. Arriving from a foreign country and does not speak English or any native language is undoubtedly a daunting experience, as is dealing with pressure of playing for Asante Kotoko, yet the highest compliment one can give to the Burkinabe is to admit that he instantly looked like he belonged in the team.
 
Asante Kotoko have options in George Abege, Richard Arthur and Naby Keita but the aforementioned players will find it extremely difficult filling the void likely to be left by Yacouba as they have all flattered to deceive since donning the famous red jersey. 
 
In the club’s quest to return to winning ways, winning every trophy on sight as was the case in the club’s halcyon days, it wouldn’t be prudent for the club let go of Songne Yacouba considering his quality as a player and how important he could be in helping the Porcupine Warriors to realise their dream of restoring the lost glory.

 

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