Akaminko: Roberto Carlos & the race for Europe

Published On 18/02/2014 | By Jerry Akaminko | Africa, Best of the Rest, Columnists, Exclusives, Features, Ghana, Top Stories

In my first column with Africa Football Shop, I look back over our game against Sivasspor and the race to finish in the top-four.

I hope to bring you closer to life in the Turkish Super Lig and at Eskişehirspor. With so many Africans plying their trade in Turkey such as Didier Drogba, Emmanuel Emenike and Lomana LuaLua there is a lot to interest you guys on Africa Football Shop. I hope you enjoy my coverage and experiences.

I thought we did really well against Sivasspor, managed by the legend Roberto Carlos. He has got his team playing good football which is a testament to him because he was one of the greatest defenders in his time. It was our second game in a matter of days after beating them in the Turkish Cup.

We were better than them and definitely deserved the three points but we showed great character to take to a point from the game after trailing by a goal.

The first half was really tight – probably because there was a lot of tension among both sets of players as it was such a big game between two teams pushing for a place in Europe.

It was quite a tactical game and both teams used the ball well. Once you gave it away it was very difficult to get it back.

We missed Dede a bit because he gave us something different from the left. It was unfortunate that he had to come off after assisting Bienvenu’s goal. Dede is a vastly experienced player who played over 300 official matches for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga and I try to pick up tips from him.

Losing to Galatasary last week didn’t really affect our team spirit which has been really good throughout the season.

We have to make sure we win games against the sides that are around us in the league if we are to maintain our push for Europe. I am yet to play in Europe so I am making it a personal mission to help the club achieve this.

Going into this weekend’s fixture with Antalyaspor, it will be good to catch up with my old friend Isaac Promise. We were teammates at Manisaspor and always stayed in contact. He is one of the funniest guys I know.

In terms of my personal contribution so far, I am delighted with my form and I believe I have improved a lot. I still feel there is a lot more to come from me which will only benefit my team.

Catch you guys soon.