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Playing home away from Kumasi not helping Kotoko – Konadu

Asante Kotoko’s opening day 1-1 draw with Eleven Wonders has not sunk in well for head coach Maxwell Konadu.

The experienced gaffer has blamed the failure to win their first game on the fact that they are not playing at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.

The 45,000-seater edifice is currently undergoing renovation works and as a result, the Porcupines will be playing temporarily at the Accra Sports Stadium.

“Playing our home games away from our favourite Baba Yara started from last season and it hasn’t been helping us,” Konadu told the media after the game.

“It’s always better to be in front of your home fans because playing in Kumasi means a lot to the team than having your games on a neutral ground.

“However, this is the first league match and we wanted to secure the three points but unfortunately it couldn’t happen.”

He continued: “We’ll still work hard in the subsequent games and this is just the first match.

“The team is still gelling together after the pre-season and I believe that as time goes on, the team will become better than we did against Eleven Wonders.”

A trip to Berekum Chelsea awaits Kotoko in their next league fixture. A difficult ground for the Reds.



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