Asante Kotoko’s last man standing during the first leg game of the CAF Confederations Cup knockout against CARA Brazzaville, Yakubu Mohammed says he felt within himself while he was on the bench that he could fetch a goal for the club against the Congolese Club.
Some supporters of the club sang with Yakubu’s name after the game and cheered the players out of the stadium after one of the toughest days in their African cup competitions.
The team uncharacteristically missed three successive penalties in open play against CARA at the Baba Yara sports stadium on Sunday. Penalty experts in the team, striker Saddick Adams, skipper Amos Frimpong and midfielder Baba Mahama all missed from the spot before Yakubu Mohammed came off the bench to convert the fourth spot kick at the latter stages of the match.
“I had the feeling that I could do something for my team, I told the assistant coach (Akakpo Patron) to spare me of the warm ups so I could come on to save time”, Yakubu told FOX 97.9 FM.
” I rushed to pick the ball when the referee whistled for the spot kick, all the players came to encourage me and surely I converted”, he said.
According to Yakubu, Kotoko can qualify ahead of CARA if they should repeat the tempo of the match they played in Kumasi in Brazzaville.
Yakubu Mohammed came under serious criticisms from the media and the Kotoko faithfuls last season for poor performance, but the former Ashgold forward says such criticisms have gingered him on and next season shall be greater.
The slim margin gives the Porcupine Warriors some hope as they avoided drawing blank ahead of the second leg to be played away. The second leg is to be played in eight days time and coach Steve Pollack believes its not going to be difficult as he now knows the set up of the CARA team.