In a crucial Ghalca G8 pre-season game on Sunday 14th January at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium, Kwame Boahene brought back memories of club hero Stephen Oduro in the minds of Asante Kotoko fans.
Boahene’s coming at Kotoko last season was met with high expectations. The fans expected to be served the same dazzling and breathtaking football he offered the Medeama fans during his stay at Tarkwa but his first season in Kumasi proved to be difficult despite his improvement towards the end of the season. He was in and out of the first team as he struggled to be consistent with form. He was no different from an electric switch board. On and Off.
Thanks to his noteworthy display in the FA Cup finals, the Porcupine Warriors laid hands on a major silverware last season.
But on Sunday, Boahene was absolutely top class against Aduana Stars and the football he played rekindled memories of former midfielder Oduro who during his time with the club turned the Babayara stadium into a cinema hall where soccer movies were shown.
Hafiz Adams is a very tough full-back but if the former Wa All Stars captain is to watch the replay of the game, I don’t think he would be proud of himself looking at the space and freedom Boahene enjoyed on the right side of the Ogya defence.
The constant dribbles, the perfect body shakes, the fouls drawn from the rivals and the outrageous goal that completely killed Aduana’s determination to be level summed up Boahene’s display.
On the 87th minute, he received a clever pass from substitute Obed Owusu on the edge of the box – eyes were watching – faced by three opposing players, he danced around them with class, caressing the round object with both feet before giving a perfect curling that shook the net at the bottom corner of the far right post of goalkeeper Gordon Yeboah, completely beaten.
Perhaps, two games are bigger than the whole G8 Tournament. The first one is Hearts of Oak v Asante Kotoko and the other one is Kotoko v Aduana Stars fixture. The stakes generated by these fixtures are bigger than what a mere pre-season game offers and Sunday was no exception and for me the man of the day was “Osheley” Kwame Boahene.
Look at the names that adorned the Aduana team sheet – Gordon Yeboah, Stephen Anokye Badu, Farouk Adams, Hafiz Adams, Noah Martey, Elvis Opoku, Sam Adams, Congolese Oba Ikama, Yahaya Mohammed and Bright Adjei.
The first eleven names written on the Kotoko team sheet were Felix Annan, Augustine Sefah, Eric Donkor, Awudu Nafiu, Emmanuel Owusu, Jackson Owusu, Jordan Opoku, Emmanuel Gyamfi, Kwame Boahene. Mohamed Vie Sylla and Frederick Boateng.
The point is the player quality of Aduana Stars is never in doubt and going into the game they were the favorites to win but if there is any man who refused to let that quality shine on Sunday then it was Kwame Boahene.
Jordan Opoku was the official man of the match but if polls were to be conducted that allowed the more than 1000 fans that watched the game to vote for the man-of-the-match, I have no doubt Boahene was going to win it over Jordan and even Eric Donkor the scorer of the first beauty that put Kotoko 1-0 up.
The game was a pre-season but the football that Boahene and his teammates played was more than that and at this point memories of Oduro was evoked by force.