Kotoko win ‘Super 2’ trophy

Kotoko players pose with the trophy

Kotoko players pose with the trophy

Kumasi Asante Kotoko, for the second time, beat their arch rivals, Accra Hearts of Oak 2-0 in the second leg ‘Super Clash’ friendly match honoured at the Baba Yara stadium, yesterday.

Kotoko thus lifted the trophy at stake with a 4-0 goal aggregate, having beaten Hearts by a similar score line in the previous leg.
They also took home a cash amount of GH¢10,000.00 from the headline sponsor, Taabea bitters.

The match was to commemorate the 83rd anniversary of the Porcupine Warriors.

Indeed, fans had their money’s worth as they enjoyed an afternoon of uncompromising football especially in the second half when Kotoko dominated.

With the trio Dan Kordie, Malik Akowuah and Samudeen Ibrahim combining effectively in the midfield for the Phobians, the visitors gave their fans a false hope with their initial dominance that resulted in six corner kicks in the first 20 minutes.

At this moment, Kotoko found it extremely tough emerging from their shells with their chief tormentor, Songne Yacouba, heavily ‘policed’.

That notwithstanding, Hearts failed to score from the few opportunities that came their way with a Patrick Razak shot that missed the bar by inches being the closest they had to end the first half.

Hearts continued with their impressive game after the break with Radi Avouka leading the onslaught, forcing Kotoko to effect two changes; replacing Micheal Yeboah and Frederick Boateng with Emmanuel Gyamfi and Obed Owusu.

That changed the pattern of play in favour of Kotoko.

Gyamfi made his presence felt immediately, with a delicate pass that found Obed Owusu who fired home to break the deadlock in the 60th minute.

Two minutes later, Hearts’ supporters protested over an ignored penalty claim by removing seats and throwing them onto the track.

It took the intervention of Military personnel present to ensure sanity.

Gyamfi doubled the lead late in the game with a clinical finish.

FROM KINGSLEY E. HOPE, KUMASI

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