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CAF CC: Kotoko' Akapo Patron decries nature of Baba Yara pitch

By Michael Duah
CAF CC: Kotoko' Akapo Patron decries nature of Baba Yara pitch
CAF CC: Kotoko' Akapo Patron decries nature of Baba Yara pitch

Akakpo Patron, Asante Kotoko’s deputy head coach has lamented the poor condition of the Baba Yara sports stadium ahead of the Reds CAF Confederation Cup return leg tie on Sunday.

 According to the former WAFA coach, the bad nature of the turf can partly be blamed for the porcupine warriors lack of good football when they play at home.

The Ghanaian giants are just 90 minutes away from entering the group stage of CAF’s second tier inter-club competition for the first time in over a decade after posted a historic 3-2 win over Coton Sports in the first leg of the last hurdle of the qualifiers.

However, the former defender speaking to the press after the team’s training said the media has taken far too long in addressing the deplorable nature of the pitch which he believes plays a very key role in football.

“I have maximum respect for the media houses but these are some of the things you guys need to address. As you can see for yourselves, unlike in Cameroon, those who traveled with us will attest to it that in Cameroon all you see is the turf and not the soil but here you can see the soil and a lot of uneven surface. Because playing good football, teams have to train on good pitches and then you see them playing good football on good pitch and that’s how it goes.”

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The Coach when asked whether the pitch had influenced his team’s lack of possessive football in their previous games answered.

Asante Kotoko will be hosting the Cameroonian champions, Coton Sport de Garoua at the Baba Yara Stadium on Sunday, January 20 at 3:00 PM.
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