‘Our Strategies Worked Perfectly against Kotoko’ – BYC Coach

first_imgLiberian club, Barrack Young Controllers (BYC) who played Kotoko in last Sunday’s CAF Champions League at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium came to Ghana to defend. They lost 2-1 but that was nothing disappointing.That was the impression given by the technical handler, Robert Lartey at a post-match press conference. According to the coach, theirs was to avoid going down and even if they were to go down, their expectation was that it shouldn’t be by a bigger score line.Kwabena Adusei neatly converted a penalty in the 39th minute to put Kotoko 1-0 ahead while Isaac Pupo with a well taken free kick in front of the goal area canceled the lead in the 41st minute as his intelligent strike beat Kotoko’s defence and goalkeeper Soulama Abdoulaye.Kotoko piled intense heat on BYC a while longer and Seidu Bancey was fouled in the box by goalie Nathaniel Sherman in the 71st minute. It was a penalty. Again, Kwabena Adusei beautifully converted to give Kotoko the deserve 2-1 win.While Kotoko players rued their inability to win by a much bigger score line, their opponents were enthused with the outcome of the game. BYC players interestingly burst into joy.Together with their technical team members and officials from the VIP stand; they were seen applauding their efforts after proceedings ended.Their coach explained that the result in Kumasi was good, promising that they would turn the tables when the return encounter is played in Monrovia this weekend.“In every game you play, you have to come with a strategy. Our strategy worked because needed a draw. Losing 2-1 to a big side like Kotoko isn’t bad. We are proud of that and we will go back to re-strategise for the second leg in Monrovia” said the visibly elated coach.Asked what he saw as Kotoko’s weaknesses, the coach politely decline comments giving the impression that saying anything would amount to arming Kotoko well ahead of the crucial second leg game. He said his side respected Kotoko and knew that they could be in trouble if they had taken things for granted.“We have a young team. We couldn’t open the game because Kotoko could punish us. We stuck to our tactics. Our tactics worked. Immediately Kotoko scored, we opened up and I am saying that our best game comes in attacking. We will go back and re-strategize for the return game”.In a match that saw two penalties being awarded to Kotoko, some journalists were of the view that the referee was unfair to BYC.Coach Robert Lartey however disagreed as he stated that they were comfortable with refereeing.“We have no problem with the referee. We respect his decisions. That is why when Kotoko scored, we took the ball to the centre line” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Three-star Reus targets World Cup after Dortmund leveller

first_img0Shares0000Marco on the mark: Dortmund´s Marco Reus scored in the 1-1 draw with Leipzig on Saturday © AFP / ROBERT MICHAELBERLIN, Germany, Mar 3 – Marco Reus underlined his brilliant return from a serious knee injury by scoring in his third straight Bundesliga game on Saturday as Borussia Dortmund drew 1-1 at RB Leipzig.After eight months sidelined having torn his cruciate knee ligament in last May’s German Cup final, Germany winger Reus now has three goals in four games. Having missed Germany’s 2014 World Cup victory with torn ankle ligaments and Euro 2016 with a groin injury, the fleet-footed Reus is even more determined to help defend the global title at Russia 2018.“I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t think about the World Cup and really want to be there,” he told Bundesliga.com before kick-off.“I won’t make a secret of the fact it’s a big goal of mine to be there. I know I’ve got a good chance, if I’m playing well.”Reus was a constant threat on Saturday and involved in the build up when striker Michy Batshuayi tapped home on 16 minutes, but Andre Schuerrle, who supplied the final pass, was offside.Leipzig took the lead when Liverpool-bound Naby Keita, back after a thigh injury, played a pass through Dortmund’s defence which Jean-Kevin Augustin tucked away on 29 minutes.Having also had an earlier goal flagged for offside, Reus made no mistake at the second attempt, sprinting onto Batshuayi’s well-timed pass and equalised seven minutes from half time.With an hour gone, Batshuayi, on loan from Chelsea, bungled the chance to grab the winner with the goal at his mercy.Leipzig, who picked up a point after three defeats, stay sixth.– Unbeaten Stoeger –Dortmund coach Peter Stoeger is unbeaten in his ten league games in charge.“I am happy with the 90 minutes, we are in the group fighting for Champions League places, it’ll stay that way until the end of the season, and our goal is to qualify,” said the Austrian.The result leaves Dortmund third after Schalke had earlier snatched second spot with a 1-0 home win against Hertha Berlin.Marko Pjaca, on loan from Juventus, claimed his second goal in five league games when Daniel Caligiuri whipped in a cross and Franco di Santo let the ball roll to Pjaca, who scored on 37 minutes.Schalke are 17 points behind runaway leaders Bayern, who play mid-table Freiburg on Sunday.Reports Bayern approached Freiburg boss Christian Streich last month to replace Jupp Heynckes as head coach next season have added extra spice to the game.Eintracht Frankfurt are fourth after their 1-0 win at home to mid-table Hanover as defender Danny da Costa scored their winner.Argentina striker Lucas Alario converted a first-half penalty and Julian Brandt scored with a superb chip as Bayer Leverkusen consolidated fifth place with a 2-1 win at ten-man Wolfsburg.Admir Mehmedi scored the consolation effort for Wolfsburg against his former club.The hosts finished with ten men when Brazilian left-back William was sent off for a second yellow card in added time.– Hamburg need ‘miracle’ –It finished goalless, but there was plenty of drama in Hamburg’s basement battle at home to Mainz.Hamburg winger Filip Kostic hit the woodwork and had a goal ruled off side in the first half.Mainz had Nigeria defender Leon Balogun sent off for a second yellow card when he fouled Luca Waldschmidt in the area on 61 minutes.The referee pointed to the spot, but Kostic’s weak attempt was saved by goalkeeper Florian Mueller on his Bundesliga debut.Hamburg are now seven points behind 16th-placed Mainz and on course for a first relegation in the club’s history.“Giving up is not in my nature, but we need a small miracle,” admitted Hamburg coach Bernd Hollerbach.Having been booed by his own fans last weekend, the pressure eased on Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann with a 2-0 win at Augsburg.Croatia striker Andrej Kramaric scored for the fifth match in a row before Germany winger Serge Gnabry added a superb second after the break.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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