Ghana Premier League

‘Beating Asante Kotoko never a problem’ – Heart of Lions boss Bashir Hayford

Heart of Lions coach Bashir Hayford didn’t hold back in his post-match remarks after his team secured a 1-0 victory over Asante Kotoko.

The win came courtesy of Godfred Kwadwo Asamoah’s second-half goal at the Kpando Stadium.

Hayford, known for his outspoken nature, couldn’t resist referencing Kotoko’s past embarrassment at the hands of Lions, twenty years ago.

“This is the second history I’ve made for Lions against Kotoko. The first one was when we won the GHALCA Top 4 tournament,” he declared.

Reflecting on the recent triumph, Hayford revealed his strategy, stating, “As for Kotoko, I’ve been coaching other teams to meet them, and I don’t think they’ve ever been a problem for me.”

“Some of them hear the name Kotoko and they start panicking, so I psyched them and told them that, yes, it is one of the biggest clubs in Africa but doesn’t mean we cannot play them,” he explained.

Under Hayford’s guidance, Lions have shown promise, winning three out of four league matches since his appointment, with their only setback being a 2-2 draw against defending champions, Medeama SC.

The victory against Kotoko temporarily lifted Lions out of the relegation zone, with 18 points to their name.

Meanwhile, Saturday’s loss marked Kotoko’s first defeat in eight matches, highlighting the significance of Lions’ achievement.

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