KUMASI Asante Kotoko secured the maximum points as they pipped visiting Aduana Stars 1-0 in their Normalisation Committee Special Competition at the Baba Yara Stadium yesterday.
Kotoko hit the back of the net through
Abass Mohammed, just two minutes into the game,
Aduana accepted the challenge, pushing men
forward as Kotoko appeared sluggish forcing coach C.K Akonnor to exhaust his
substitution list in the first half as he brought on Stephen Nyarko, Prince
Acquah and Emmanuel Agyemang Badu for Zabo Teguy Dany, Kwame Bonsu and Wahab
Adams respectively, following some injuries.
Mohammed Yahaya, on the 33rd minute mark,
cancelled the lead during a goal mouth melee only for assistant referee, Kofi
Nyarko, to flag it offside.
Kotoko’s efforts to increase the tally met
a stiff resistance from the visitors’ rearguard centered on Caleb Amankwa and
Farouk Adams, ending the half which saw some Aduana officials attacking the
referee for disallowing the goal.
Aduana held Kotoko boot for boot after
resumption, but poor passes upfront was their bane to fetch for the equaliser.
Unfortunately, too, Referee Julian Nii Akwa
Nunoo, who was not economical with his cards, showed Noah Martey the marching-off
orders in the 76th minute, for a second bookable offence to compound their
However, Kotoko failed to capitalise on the reduced strength of Aduana who, at this juncture, had increased the tempo of their game but time was not on their side to cause any stir.
FROM KINGSLEY E. HOPE, KUMASI
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