Kwabena Yeboah Blames Mariano Barreto For Kotoko’s Defeat Against Hearts

Sports commentator Kwabena Yeboah says coach Mariano Barreto is to be blamed for Kotoko’s loss against their rivals, Hearts.

The Porcupine Warriors lost to Hearts of Oak in a match many has dubbed as title-deciding s both teams were level on points, with only four matches to go.

According to the President of the President of the Sports Writers Association of Ghana(SWAG), Hearts were able to defeat Kotoko because coach Barreto changed his lineup.

He added that it was wrong for the coach to use offensive midfielder like Fabio Gama as a false 9 or striker.

“Before the game, I said that there was no way Kotoko could beat Hearts and the reason is that, Hearts have been consistent in their last eight matches in terms of personnel as opposed to Kotoko who continued tinkering. I don’t know what is wrong with the team but Barreto kept tinkering with the team. Any team that does well is a team you can easily define. Any team that you can’t name their first eleven off-head is not in a good shape.

“With Kotoko, Barreto keeps changing the team. You find Abalora in the post and the next time it’s Baah, I don’t understand. You have Imoro who was so consistent for Kotoko, for which reason he even gained invitation to the national team and then he is missing. Apau comes on and Nettey plays some game and he is dropped. I don’t understand.

“Gama for instance is an absolutely brilliant offensive midfielder. He is brilliant in the heart of midfield and then suddenly in the last two games, you are trying to play him as a false nine. It does not work like that. Hearts were brilliant but Barreto made it very easy. The selection he came up with, the deployment of the players., I don’t understand,” he said.

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