EMMANUEL GYAMFI: Asante Kotoko's stellar piece in the Africa campaign Featured
21 Mar

EMMANUEL GYAMFI: Asante Kotoko's stellar piece in the Africa campaign

Asante Kotoko's resolve to participate in the 2018/2019 CAF Confederations Cup was hugely an unpopular decision grounded on the fact that, they have failed woefully in their previous competitions, especially when there was no competitive league in the country by virtue of ace investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, and, his Tiger Eye PI team's work on corruption in the domestic football which consequently dismantled the very foundation holding football in the country.

The Management Members were subjected to utterly backlash from connoisseurs of the game, and a lot of people nefariously criticized them for seemingly a bad decision and something that had the tendancy to incur much cost into the club. Not even many of their own supporters supported the idea.
 
 
Nonetheless, Asante Kotoko has been in explicitly scintillating and flamboyant form coercing them to achieve what has eluded them over a decade (Group Stages of Confederation Cup). And, of course, Management Members are elated for getting their decision right.
 
 
Many have been marvelling as to what actually is galvanizing the "Porcupines" to this top-notch and gobsmacked performance in their Africa campaign. A lot more players of the Reds have been in super form and have received plaudits from the aficionados of the club.
 
 
But there's a name that will intently ring bells when one really want to subject  the totality of the team's performance to individual players and, it will be a certain Emmanuel Gyamfi.
 
 
The guy is a ball whisperer. He does not ping his passes, he persuades them, coaxing them into corridors spotted only by his eye. His game is a thing of beauty.
 
 
The role of the winger has changed in the last few years. Gone are the days where wingers roam around the byline as they aim to isolate the opposition full-back and make crosses into the box. Now, they play a lot more aggressive role.
 
 
They play higher up the pitch a lot frequently and drift in from the wide areas to link up with the forwards and attacking midfielders. They contribute to a lot more goals and assists now than they have done 10 years back.
 
 
That’s why the importance of a wide player like Emmanuel Gyamfi in a team cannot be ignored.
The young winger is undoubtedly, the most influential player in the C.K. Akonnor's team and reason for Kotoko's sterling performance during the their Africa campaign.
 
 
His size is no hindrance, in fact, it has made him the  sharp, instinctive player that defenders, the most strongest, finds it difficult to tame.
 
 
He possesses blistering pace, strikes the ball beautifully, equip with some sensational skills, great vision and staggering finishing abilities.
 
 
The prodigy exhibits tremendous maturity on the field, well composed and confident to cause mayhem to opposing defenders. It is strikingly not surprising why he had three goals in the CAF Confederations Cup with three assists.
 
 
Connoisseurs of the game might claim striker Songnè Yacouba, goalkeeper Felix Annan, midfield dynamo Kwame Bonsu and workaholic Abdul Fatau Safiu to be the driving force behind the Ghanaian giants scintillating performance.
 
 
All three figures deserves monumental credit but the engine of the team is the phenomenal winger, Emmanuel Gyamfi on which the team thrives.
 
 
The likes of Juventus, Barcelona's, PSG's and Manchester City's may rest on the shoulders of Ronaldo, Messi, Kyllian Mbappe and Raheem Sterling respectively to push their teams to win laurels. Asante  Kotoko can also boast of Emmanuel Gyamfi for a stunning run and winning major trophies in the coming years.
 
 
 
By: Sasu Danquah High Priest @SasuDanquah on twitter
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