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Tuesday, 14 September 2021 22:36

Why Konadu Yiadom Would Be A Real Asset To Asante Kotoko Featured

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Nana Yaw Amponsah has made no secret of his desire to make Asante Kotoko great again. The Chief Executive Officer repeatedly discussing the gaping hole in the playing body in recent interviews.

Results – and the performances behind them – serve to prove he has a point, the backline looking alarmingly poor as they concede goals and chances at an unsustainable rate.

 
Something has to change, and it is no surprise to learn that the Board and Management are doing all they can to correct the issue, linked with a number of high-profile defenders and midfielders as potential targets. The club has already secured the services of former Inter Allies midfielder defender and skipper Richmond Lamptey.
 
 One name among the targeted defenders is Konadu Yiadom, with reports that some officials of the club already in talks with the former WAFA stalwart to get him to join the club. If the reports in the Ghanaian media are anything to go by, then, the Porcupine Warriors would be making a smart business in Konadu Yiadom.
 
At just 21, Yiadom who mostly plays as a centre-back and occasionally as a lateral defender or a volante is comfortable in possession and assured on the ball. His reading of the game is so good that he can anticipate situations before they escalate but, if he does get into danger, he can always rely on his long stride to get him out of trouble. 
 
Perhaps more importantly, he is a leader, the kind of player others look up to and improve upon their game to impress. With him in the side, WAFA know that the other teammates will perform because he wouldn’t have it otherwise. It is, perhaps, one of the reasons why regardless of what changes are forced on the WAFA defensive backline, they always retain a fair degree of tightness. 
 
He is strong; pacey; extremely good in the air, but also possesses technical skills on the ground. His passing range is excellent, and he can regularly be found starting off WAFA’s attacks. 
 
His temperament is outstanding; moreover, he plays with a maturity that belies his tender years. Improving all the time, with the right technical guidance and tutelage, he could go on to become one of Ghana’s leading footballers and etch his name in Ghana’s football folklore.
 
Without the ball, Prosper Narteh Ogum (Kotoko's incoming coach)places great emphasis on quick transitions from defence and an aggressive pressing scheme; offensively he prefers speed to elaboration in the build-up, and greater directness in his team’s passing and it requires an individual who is capable of mixing sound technique with high levels of endurance and an unquestioning desire to work. Konadu Yiadom perfectly fits the bill.
 
The demands placed upon youngsters – both technical and mental – are enormous, requiring both immense talent and bottomless self-belief to allow such fledglings to establish themselves.
 
Konadu Yiadom possesses both in abundance and would thus be a blessing and a real asset to Kotoko.
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