Asante Kotoko Coach, Mas-Ud Didi Dramani, has refused to take in disappointment despite his side’s inability to end the first round of the Premiership on top of the log.
Kotoko are in sixth place off the pace and Dramani who has led his side to record a single defeat in 14 games told GNA Sports ‘I am not disappointed that we are not finishing on top as planned’.
His target after taking charge midway into the league was to finish at the summit of the 16-club log by the end of first round, but even with a game in hand against Liberty Professionals billed for Sunday, January 13, the league champions cannot move within the top four even if they win at Dansoman.
Dramani said ‘it is important to always have a realistic plan. It appeared realistic from the onset but lack of consistency did not help us. Just a single lost means we have not done that bad though we could not meet out target.
‘We won at home often, draw away mostly and that kept breaking our flow. Because the attackers were inconsistent with scoring, it affected their confidence and that was telling in our play.
‘In football, wining more has an impact on confidence and without that it was always going to be difficult. I am currently working on that aspect of the game plus all the other areas. The team plays decent and it is only the goals that are not arriving as expected.’
Asked what changed between preseason and the real season where the defending Champions appeared to be hitting their strides well in time, Dramani said, it is unfair to say we had a fine run at preseason and that must have translated into the season. Both are different and things are also different.’
Planning ahead, the Coach who has come under the microscope over the team’s inconsistent run said ‘we are hoping to move to a faster gear earlier in the second round. We still feel we can defend the trophy and will work at that.’
Kotoko will be on the road to Dansoman to honour their 15-week fixture with Liberty Professionals after their duel at the weekend was a pushed a week forward following security concerns. GNA