If coming events cast their shadows, then the Tamale based side need reality check, now more than ever.
Four points from three opening games could hardly have been a start City dreamed of going into this season’s Division One League (DOL). By some distance, the Citizens have been the best performing club from Tamale, in the past few seasons.
Expectations prior to the commencement of this season were high for good reasons. However, three matchdays in, City have their work cut out for them. The Golden Eagles have to soar higher than thought and restrategise in order to get their campaign back on track. While 4 points from 9 may not raise eyebrows elsewhere, it must for City given they are a real contender for the premiership slot from Zone One.
Coach Hamza Mohammed and his charges have come in for some flak over their performance thus far. Somehow, the usual beautiful style of play they are known for has quickly deserted them. In its place is waning confidence, disjointed passing and lack of cutting edge. The hitherto sharp attack has suddenly become blunt and impotent.
To be fair is to say there have been changes in their set-up. But changes are meant to improve upon previous outings and not maintain or deteriorate same. The initial midfield dynamism masterminded by skipper Collins (Pogba) and Duku Emmanuel has been tampered with. New arrival Fuseini, a tall, burly midfielder has been roped in, forcing Duku, popularly known as ‘Obolo’ to the flanks. This may pay off later but currently doesn’t yield desired results.
In attack, new boy Ortis Sam exudes strength and hardwork but fails to match same with skill and predatory instincts. Kwame, an explosive winger who has a reputation of terrorising defences with pace and trickery has been resigned to a second half super-sub, due to new signings. The defence seems to have gained more stability with the arrival of Nketia Kofi, a brilliant left footed centre-back. Right-back Emmanuel Cottey doesn’t look to have settled well yet.
Coach Hamza may have the luxury of time because it’s early days yet. The games however will come thick and fast without recourse to the form of his side. He must readjust to turn their fortunes around. Behind him though is an impatient legion of fans who will not hesitate to agitate. The light of the City dream must not dim and the best way to ensure that is to stand up and hold the torch. Over to you, torchbearer coach Hamza Mohammed.
By: Rossoneri Selecao