Head coach of Elmina Sharks, Nii Odartey Lamptey has admitted that, his side is yet to get the needed cohesion as a number of key players left the club after last season.
The ex-Ghana international took charge of the then troubled Sharks in the second round of the 2020/21 Ghana Premier League and managed to keep them in the top flight.
Lamptey led his side to a 1-1 draw against premier league entrants, Accra Lions FC in their opening fixture of the 2021/22 season at the Accra Sports Stadium on Friday night.
The ex-Royal Anderlecht forward opened up on missing most of his key players from last season and the need to inculcate cohesiveness into his squad as the season wear on.
“It’s a big one, I think I took over in the second round of last season when the team was in a bad situation and the task was to help them survive and we did that.
“Now I think I’m starting the season with them, we had a very good preseason.
“Half of the players are gone, I have about 17 new players so still they have to get to know each other so I’m sure game after game and training they will improve.” Odartey Lamptey said.Elmina Sharks shot their noses in in front on the 64th minute through Hearts of Oak loanee, Michel Sarpong. The goal was the first of the season for Sarpong and the first of the opening day Premier League fixture.
Accra Lions left it late in the game to equalize through Rauf Salifu for his first goal and their first point of the season. Accra Lions gained promotion into the 2021/22 Ghana Premier League after emerging tops of the 2020/21 Zone III Division One League.