CAFCC: 3 Things To Watch Out For As Ashgold Host Rs Berkane Featured
11 Sep

CAFCC: 3 Things To Watch Out For As Ashgold Host Rs Berkane

This game encapsulates everything a big game should. Both Obuasi Ashantigold and RS Berkane will be raring to go come Saturday afternoon in one of the most highly-anticipated fixtures in this round of the CAF Confederation Cup.

Guests, RS Berkane were finalists last term after losing 3-5 to Zamalek on penalties after a 1-1 aggregate scoreline. The Ghanaian side on the other hand are making a return to continental football after a long hiatus.
 
Both clubs require the victory for different reasons, though a result means the same to each set of fans.
 
And with plenty of gripping sub-plots to look forward to for the neutral spectator, the game promises to be very important, controversial and tumultuous for both clubs.
 
Let’s take a look at three things that could influence the outcome of the game.
 
Ashgold players playing for their futures
 
 Football players are no different from You or I in that they are just doing their jobs, but after such recent good performances under Da Rocha, the players will play not only for their places, but also their futures.
 
Most of the players for the first time had a taste of continental club competition when Ashgold played the Equito- Guineans and would really want to make a case for themselves as they take on last season’s finalists in a game on their way to etching their names in the club’s folklore.
 
Kids play can become reality only if there is a will. The Aboakese lads can realise their dream of annexing the championship but they must first deal with RS Berkane.
 
Da Rocha’s formation
 
With other managers, this would be a section teaching us all what formations we should lookout for throughout the game, as each formation creates different results.
 
However, with Ricardo da Rocha’s, we should take note of which formation Ashgold starts with. More likely than not, it will be a formation they will take up for the entire game.
 
Da Rocha’s unwavering commitment to his philosophy could be his weakness. We expect him to stick with his 4-3-3 formation with Shafiu Mumuni, Amos Kofi Nkrumah and Mark Agyekum spearheading the attack.
 
In midfield, Abdul Latif Anabila, James Akaminko and Appiah McCarthy are expected to start. The trio when playing together is terrific but could face a lot of trouble against better midfielders who have pace and skill.
 
Da Rocha should play a safer approach with McCarthy playing more through balls. Akaminko’s box to box style is amazing and a true beauty to witness.
 
However, his significant strengths in box are much more evident when playing against superior attacking talent.
How Da Rocha positions him on the field will determine the outcome of the game.
 
Ouattara’s credentials to be tested
 
Now that Kodjo Foh Laba has departed for the gulf, RS Berkane have to rely on Hamdi Laachir and young Djibril Ouattara in attack.
 
The Burkina Faso forward who joined the Moroccan side this summer from ASF Bobo is agile, has good technique and is comfortable playing anywhere across the frontline. 
 
He can hold his own alongside the toughest of centre-backs, but rather than his physique, his guile and intelligent positioning enable him to outwit defenders. His uncanny knack of being in the right place at the right time means Ouattara regularly finds scoring opportunities.
 
Known for his athleticism, fearlessness and bravery, Ouattara will have a resolute back four in front of him, so has no need to make any rash decisions in order to impress his paymasters.
 
Ashgold’s centre-back pair of Richard Osei Agyemang and Mubarak Yusif must remain touch-tight, and try to ensure that their opponent has few touches as possible.
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