Emmanuel Gyamfi, the diminutive winger for Kumasi Asante Kotoko has given his view on the just ended football season in Ghana when he visited Success FM at Nkawkaw in the Eastern Region. Gyamfi said the season has been very competitive.
Opportunity as a Kotoko Player
Gyamfi could not hide his delight for being a player of Asante Kotoko and he said, “It was a great feeling. I decided that if I am not going abroad, will don the colours of the Porcupine Warriors. So when I was contacted, I had no option than to accept to join Kotoko. I was about joining a South African club but the visa delayed so Kotoko took advantage and through Michael Osei and Godwin Ablordey, I joined Kotoko.
Opinion on Past Season
Gyamfi gave his general overview of the just ended Ghana Premier League which was won by Aduana FC. “It was not easy. The change in coaches played a factor. We started with Coach Lugarusic before Frimpong Manso came in and then we finished the season with Steve Pollack.
I was delighted with the 3-5-2 formation by Lugarusic but the fans were like I was being handed a defensive role. But it is not only in Ghana, I may play football. What if I meet a coach who play this system? I was doing my personal training so as I could cope up with the system. I enjoy playing as a right and left attacker respectively.”
Gyamfi continued by saying that “though the players admitted it wasn’t easy but since you must fight for your position so all players were willing to adopt to the system”.
“The just ended season was competitive and I must admit that Joshua Otuo of Accra Hearts of Oak gave me a tough time in that controversial 1-0 loss to Accra Hearts of Oak in Accra, I think he was made to pull me out of the game.” he added.
He also admitted that he did not get a consistent performance in the season, “I started well but things started changing in the course of the season. But I had most of my players motivating me to enable me up my performance”.
“Bechem United was our toughest opponent but in the away game against Inter Allies, the referee on the day came with a mindset just to frustrate us and get the results for the home side.”
“He gave Evans Kwao a red card which was not supposed to so after asking him why he didn’t award a penalty when pulled in the box and also oversaw a clear offside to be scored. It was a poor officiating on the day”. The Kotoko winger lamented.
He almost burst into tears when he had to answer a question on the unfortunate accident he and his teammates suffered at Nkawkaw on their way back to Kumasi after playing Inter Allies in a mid week league encounter.
“It makes us sad and got us frightened anytime we had to board a bus for our games. But we hope the incident doesn’t happen again.
“It was a terrific accident but if you ask me it makes me remember and becomes sad but I must say.
I was asleep but what those who were not sleeping told me is what I am making it known.
May the soul of the departed rest in peace”.
On Hearts of Oak
Asked which player of Hearts of Oak he would like Kotoko sign if the opportunities come, Gyamfi empahsised thus, “There are so many equally good players at Hearts Of Oak so it will be very difficult to say one. If I am pushed to the wall, I will say, I will be grateful to get the entire Hearts team.”
On Coach Pollack and MTN FA Cup Success
“He is a great coach and always motivates us as he gets closer to the team because he thinks is us(players) that can make his work easy”. The winger revealed about his current coach.
Gyamfi on his pass to Saddick Adams to score his 3rd: “We have been practising this at training. We know and was all over that Hearts was on form so how we went into the game was to take the game to Hearts and know they will come at us so we go with the counter attacking play.”
Emmanuel also outlined that he Lugarusic and Steve Pollack are the two coaches who he has enjoyed working with most. “I Love Lugarusic’s 3-5-2 formation as it helped me a lot and also Pollack with his motivation”.
Africa and love for Beckham
Emmanuel Gyamfi also revealed that he is a strong fan of Manchester United in England and he explained thus, “David Beckham as my name suggest as I grew up, I was watching England and Manchester United games and I have that admiration for the player and I idolized him.”
“I have a contract with Kotoko. I signed a three year contract with Kotoko and I just finished my second season.
On Kotoko going to Africa: We will do all we can to reach the group stages and see from there if we can win the cup.
He also spoke on bonuses and allowance for Kotoko players” Not on one occasion, did our bonuses, salaries or what not paid to us.”
Finally he outlined that he was not contacted by any betting firm to play a fixed game, “no I wasn’t contacted on that manner.” He concluded.