Academy Notes: Kasim Aidoo

Charlton Athletic U18s left-back Kasim Aidoo spoke to Valley Gold for Academy Notes after the recent 1-1 draw at London rivals Crystal Palace.

Born and raised in Beckton, Newham, Kasim Aidoo joined the Charlton Athletic Academy at U16 level. Speaking after the game, Kasim said:

“Coming into the game versus Crystal Palace we were second in the league, three points off the top of the table with a game in hand.”

“As the game took shape I got forward well and combined with Jeremy Santos but couldn’t produce anything from our dominance in possession that would be damaging to the Palace goal. On a personal level, I’d say I managed in 1v1 situations to reduce shots on our own goal. Despite this, we went into half-time one-nil down. Their goal coming from a sloppy pass in our defensive third which allowed them to cross and head a looped header into the net.”

“After the break, we got back into the game from a bright second-half start. Nathan Harvey caught a weak shot and saw Jeremy Santos breaking forward and hit a side volley into his path. Jeremy then took the ball down with a good first touch but was then taken down in the box. Luca Albon then tucked the penalty into the bottom left corner. However; we didn’t get the second even though they went down to ten men. I had an opportunity right at the death but wasted it. We are now placed in third position after the draw.”

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