Asante Kotoko coach, Charles Akunnor has disclosed the reasons behind striker Frederick Boateng's underwhelming performances.
The former Inter Allies has been faced with heavy criticisms from the club's supporters following his poor goal return in their preparations ahead of the forthcoming CAF Confederation Cup.
"Frederick Boateng is struggling mentally and it is very bad for the team," Akunnor told Asempa FM.
A section of the club's teeming fans have lambasted the striker after failing to hit the back of the net in their preparatory games for Africa but the former AshantiGold gaffer has called on them to back the beleaguered forward.
"It's clear the supporters don't like him and that affects him a lot but they should understand that he is there for a reason.
"There is no way he [Frederick Boateng] will start if Sogne Yacouba is fit but I urge the supporters should be patient with him.
"I also entreat him to be there mentally and spiritually as well.
Boateng has been nicknamed after renowned Bishop Daniel Obinim after the prophet prophesied to him that he will emerge as the top scorer for the 2015/16 Ghana Premier League season.
"Frederick Boateng isn't called "Obinim" so the fans should stop calling him that," he added.