Former Asante Kotoko iconic striker Stephen Manu is pessimistic about the chances of the Porcupine Warriors winning the 2022/23 Ghana Premier League title.
The Porcupine Warriors have managed just 5 wins in 11 games with Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Great Olympics leaving doubts in the minds of many fans and ex-players.
Seydou Zerbo’s needed a late equaliser from substitute defender Andrews Appau to snatch a point at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.
Sunday’s outcome leaves Kotoko behind rivals Hearts of Oak, in second place, though on equal points level (19) and a point behind leaders Aduana Stars who have a game in hand.
After watching the game, Manu has been left unconvinced by the quality of Kotoko’s players and doubts whether they can defend the league title.
“The coach is not a problem because his tactics and formation are on point. The truth is that the performance of the boys [players] is not up to scratch. They always struggle in games. Kotoko cannot win the league with this set of players,” he told SirObed TV.
He was also heavily critical of young defender Andrews Appau despite the 20-year-old snatching the late equaliser for the club.
“Look at the defender [Andrews Appau] who replaced the injured [Mubarik Yussif]. A substitute player must come to the game with something different but his introduction rather worsened the performance of the team. He was just lucky with the goal because I’m sure if the goal had not come things could have gone bad. His game doesn’t fit the standard of Kotoko. He is not Kotoko material,” he added.
Ghana Sports Online reported last week that the Porcupine Warriors have planned to offload the former Bofoakwa Tano defender.
Appau, 20, joined the Porcupine Warriors on a four-year deal in October 2020 from Division One League side Tano Bofoakwa.