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By James K. Attaglo Wilson| info@sports24ghana.com

Coach of Asante Kotoko [Maxwell Konadu] has given a detail accounts of how he masterminded the fall of Hearts of Oak in their last ‘Super 2 Clash’ at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday.

Speaking to the press, Maxwell Konadu admitted that the game was an interesting one by all standards worth the tag ‘Clasico.’

According to the experience coach, a bit of luck accounted for their second half goal but his boys proved all the same that they can be very competitive in the second half.

“A bit of luck [accounted for the win in second half] but the boys proved that we can be very competitive in the second half and they played according to plan,” he said.

“We kept pushing until we had that penalty,” he added.

“The boys deserves everything, but going forward we need to work more especially in our defence,” he noted.

Below are the notes and quotes from the post match conference:

On why Kwame Baah got the nod over Felix Annan

“That’s why we are managers.

“He [Kwame Baah] kept a clean sheet in our game against Ebusua Dwarfs so we just thought he should continue.

“If he keeps playing well, he will continue to play.”

On Mathew Anim Cudjoe

“We know he’s a gem, but we will not rush him too much.

“We know that his body parts are still developing so we don’t want to push him too much to sustain any serious injury.

“We need to protect him but anytime he comes on he brings something special on board.”

On his second half secret

“We [the technical team] push the boys so much [at training] that they become very competitive in the second half.

“They take their training very serious.

“When they feel they’re tired, that is the very moment we keep pushing them and I think that has helped us a lot this season.”

On the future of Justice Blay at Kotoko

“We [Kotoko] are still talking to Medeama SC [his parent club] for his full release.

“We know he’s a great player and we want him in our midst, but we need to sit down with Medeama and strike a deal.”

On how Mudasiru Salifu’s early exit affected his team

“He is one of the best midfielders we have at the moment and his absence did affect our game.

“Going forward I think we have to plan because this injury has been on and off. We thought he was okay.

“He himself told us he was very okay that’s why we started him, but going forward I think we have to make sure that he becomes fully fit before he comes back again.

“We will not rush him again.”

Two goals in each half from Justice Blay and Naby Keita was enough for the Porcupine Warriors to beat Hearts of Oak 2-1 on matchday 6 of the 2019/2020 Ghana Premier League season.

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