Prosper Narteh Ogum praises Asante Kotoko players despite draw with Heart of Lions

Published on: 18 September 2023

Asante Kotoko coach, Prosper Narteh Ogum has praised his players despite their home draw against Heart of Lions on Sunday.

The Reds hosted the Premier League returnees in the matchday one games at the Baba Yara Stadium.

After an intense pre-season, the Porcupine Warriors were held to a goalless game in their opener.

Speaking after the game, Prosper Narteh Ogum says he is not disappointed in his team and assured that they will come good in the course of the season.

"I am not disappointed, I am rather optimistic because if you look at how we played, we had chances that we could have scored and in terms of our defensive orientation, I think we were good and in midfield, we dominated," he said after the game.

"So if you take the outcome of the game, which is the scoreline out, to me, these guys did very well.

"It is the first game and it was a marvellous performance from the players. I think we have the cohesion, but we lacked the final decision regarding the final pass to the feet of that player that will connect the pass.

"In games like this, Kotoko is a big club and if you look at the fans that came, such moments come and the players are not able to grab it and they begin to feel some nervousness and I think that really affected the final third of the game.

"To me, this is our first game and we just came from pre-season and so if a team come from pre-season and played the way they did, I think it is a plus," he added.

Asante Kotoko will hope to record their first win of the season when they travel to play Bibiani Gold Stars in the matchday two games on Sunday at DUN's Park.