Asante Kotoko head coach, C.K. Akonnor, has pointed to the patience and belief of his players as the main ingredients in their 2-1 victory against Nkoranza Warriors in the NC Special Tier 2 competition Round of 16 match.The tie was played at the Baba Yara Stadium and it almost went pear-shaped for the Porcupine Warriors but a late goal from Augustine Sefa settled the match after Nii Adjei and Kwame Poku had scored for Kotoko and Warriors respectively.After the match, Akonnor spoke of the attributes his players showed on the day to get them the result.“They made it so difficult for us but we were patient. We kept the ball and we kept going. I liked the attitude of the players. Even at the time when things were not going well, we kept on going.It was left with three or four minutes on the clock but we scored the goal. I liked the belief and faith of the players that something would happen.”For their prize, Kotoko face Berekum Arsenals in the last 8 of the competition. In the tier 1 competition, they will take on Hearts of Oak for a place in the final of the competition.
Paul Palmer Jr will lead the Jamaica Scorpions four-day team for the final two matches of the WICB Professional League.The 24-year-old opener was dropped during the Scorpions? last two matches against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force and Barbados Pride at Sabina Park following a poor run of form with the bat.No official reason has been given for Palmer?s return. In his absence, the team was led by John Campbell, who is now the vice-captain. In 12 outings this season, Palmer has only passed 50 on one occasion.The recalled skipper is one of three new faces to the Scorpions 13-man squad for matches away to the Windward Islands Volcanoes and title-contenders Guyana Jaguars.The others are Jermaine Blackwood, who missed the last fixture against Barbados due to a minor shoulder injury, and uncapped wicketkeeper Aldaine Thomas.REPLACEMENTSThe trio has replaced young batsmen Brandon King; Trevon Griffith, who was 12th man in the last match; and wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton.Jamaica, boasting a record of five losses and three wins, are fourth in the six-team tournament on 63 points.Guyana, 125, lead the standings, with Barbados, 106, and Trinidad, 74, rounding off the top three.Jamaica Scorpions squad: Paul Palmer Jr (captain), John Campbell (vice-captain), Shacaya Thomas, Kirk Edwards, André McCarthy, Devon Thomas, Jermaine Blackwood, Aldaine Thomas, Nikita Miller, Damion Jacobs, Jason Dawes, Nicholson Gordon, Gavon Brown.