Asante Kotoko

Asante Kotoko

A former Asante Kotoko psychologist Patrick Ofori says the club?s repeated failure on big occasions cannot be put down to a psychological block.

The Porcupine Warriors were beaten 2-1 by a less fancied Algerian side MC El Eulma at the Baba Yara Stadium in the CAF Champions League round of 32 return leg clash after a 0-0 score line three weeks ago in the corresponding fixture.

It was the second time in three years that Kotoko have imploded at home in the Champions League to an Algerian side after drawing 1-1 with JSM Bejaia in 2013.

Kotoko are renowned for choking when takes are high after missing out on the defunct CAF Winners Cup against Wydad Casablanca in 2002.

Also, they lost to perennial rivals Hearts of Oak in the final of the maiden edition of the Confederation Cup two years later.

?You can?t attribute it only to the psychological aspect only because of you have to look at the club?s structures and proper planning for Africa which bring the results,? Ofori, a former Black Stars psychologist told GHANASoccernet.com

The only psychological aspect is when management raises the expectations of fans without assessing the team?s strength and the opposing team?s credentials so when the going gets tough, the fans turn onto the players at home.

?If the result is not going their way, the players also feel they are disappointing the fans and what if scenarios come to play. It plays in their minds and cannot fully concentrate on the match.?

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