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Patrick Asmah's tackle was not necessary - Asante Kotoko coach Prosper Narteh on penalty incident

Published on: 18 April 2022

Asante Kotoko head coach Prosper Narteh has blasted defender Patrick Asmah over his tackle that gifted RTU a penalty in their 2-1 defeat in the Ghana Premier League on Sunday.

Asmah brought down his opponent in the 18-yard box as the home side took an early lead through Ronald Frimpong who scored from the penalty the spot in the 26th minute of the game at the Aliu Mahama Stadium.

Victor Aidoo made it 2-0 in the 85th minute but Cameroonian forward Frank Mbella pulled one back also from the spot.

"If you look at the penalty we conceded, it was not necessary, I mean the tackle from Patrick Asmah was not necessary," Prosper Narteh told StarTimes.

"And if you look at the way Danlad [Ibrahim] also came out, it was not necessary because [Samuel] Appiah was with him so once you had a defender with an attacker, yours was to keep your line of movement in line with the ball.

"So that if he misses you can react and if he gets the ball and makes a shot across, you will be able to save it."

"But I think he was trying to think faster ahead of the two players and rather interns of his movement, he was late and the RTU player was first to the ball."

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