Ablordey: Title hopes intact

Godwin AblordeyDeputy Head Coach of Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Godwin Ablordey is confident the Porcupine Warriors can win the Ghana Premier League title this season despite dropping valuable points against sworn rivals, Accra Hearts of Oak.

Patrick Razak ensured the Porcupine Warriors could not get a double over Hearts of Oak after he cancelled out Kwame Boateng’s first half strike for Kotoko.

The result followed a similar result against Bechem United in Kumasi and a 4-1 humiliating defeat in the hands of Ebusua Dwarfs in midweek.

The recent unimpressive result notwithstanding, Ablodey sounded optimistic about Kotoko’s chances of winning the title with nine matches to go in the competition when he spoke to a section of the media after Sunday’s cracker.

“Drawing with Hearts today wasn’t what we expected but considering the nature of matches between us, we will accept it like that but it doesn’t mean we have lost our chance of winning the ultimate.”

“We are not down. We can still win it (Ghana Premier League), we are separated by five points but there are a lot more points to be fought for” the former Hearts midfielder told the media.

“Nine matches is a lot of games and we can pick points in those matches. We just need to make sure we win as many matches. So there is still a big chance.”

Kotoko’s next game will be against relegation threatened New Edubiase at the Gyamfi Park, a game already described by the Porcupine Warriors as a must-win.

However, Hearts of Oak coach, Sergio Traguil was not enthused by the result, insisting that his side should have triumphed over the hosts.

The game was a memorable one for Patrick Razak who ended his goal drought with a fine equaliser that cancelled a 17th minute leader secured by Kwame Boateng for Kotoko.

According to Traguil, Hearts second half display unsettled Kotoko but his charges failed to take advantage, wasting the numerous chances created.

“It was a good and wonderful game between the two strongest sides in Ghana. We did enough to win the game considering the numerous chances created,” the Portuguese trainer said in a post-match interview.

“I’m not satisfied because I didn’t win all the three points, but playing against Kotoko and earning a draw is good, but I think we deserved all three points.”

By Times Sports Reporter

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