Asante Kotoko interim head coach Johnson Smith has explained his team selection against Ebusua Dwarfs at the Cape Coast Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
Smith made just one change to the side which drew goalless with WAFA last Sunday – with Habib Mohammed who took over from Muniru Sulley after the midfielder’s head injury in the Sogakope.
As a result, defender Habib Mohammed who was returning to the team after battling with injuries and Covid-related issues took over from Muniru in the defensive midfield role to provide a shield for the back four.
However, Johnson Smith insists the decision to start the centre-back in midfield was not as a result of lack of midfielders in the team, rather it was tactical.
“We had midfielders who could have played that position but I read their (Dwarfs) game and realised they play from the middle and we were playing in away too so I thought Habib had the height, the ability to defend from the middle to give the other midfielders the chance to move forward, that was the plan,” he explained in an interview with Kumasi-based Oyerepa FM.
Habib Mohammed put up a splendid performance which earned the club the all-important victory over the Crabs to move to third place on the league log with 16 points level with second place Ashanti Gold Football Club after nine matches.
Asante Kotoko now turn their attention to Aduana Stars on Sunday at the Accra Sports Stadium in matchweek 10 fixture.