Mariano Barreto praises Asante Kotoko players dedication after win over Ashgold

Published on: 07 June 2021

Asante Kotoko head coach, Mariano Baretto has heaped praises his players following their win over AshantiGold.

The Porcupine Warriors returned to winning ways in their matchday 28 games on Sunday at the Obuasi Len Clay Stadium after recording three draws.

A Fabio Gama header on the 22nd-minute was enough to send Kotoko level on 50 points after 90 minutes.

After the all-important win, the Portuguese trainer lauded his players after missing out on some key players ahead of the game.

“The result was the best for us, it was a very tough match," he said after the game.

“We came to this match with many problems.

“We lost around nine players with injuries, with players who’s contract have ended and others who are down with malaria.

“Even Mudasiru played with malaria today Evans also.

“So we found some problems to make the best eleven.

“But the players who came, they did it well and we know AshantiGold in the second half will try to equalize.

“My players played with their hearts and their head.

“They needed to suffer and they suffered.

“When they need to run, they run.

“So we got the three points, what we are looking for because we are in a run, this is a marathon.

“It’s left with six matches now, any mistake can be a deadly mistake,” Baretto added.

Asante Kotoko will travel to the Dawu Park on Sunday, June 13 for their matchday 29 fixture against bottom side, Inter Allies.