Kumasi Asante Kotoko’s search for a win in their last four matches continues to be a mirage after suffering a painful 2-1 defeat in the hands of relegation-threatened New Edubiase at the Gyamfi Park in Bekwai yesterday in their week 22 clash of the Ghana Premier League.
Having dropped vital points in their last three matches against Bechem United, Dwarfs and Hearts of Oak in the previous last three match days, Kotoko approached yesterday’s game with high expectation of not just returning to winning ways but avenging a first round loss to the Bekwai side in the first round in Kumasi.
But the Reds were stunned by two goals from Tawfik Mohammed and Abdul Nassir on each side with Amos Frempong pulling one back from the spot for the Asanteman warriors.
After failing to restore the ‘Fabulous’ pride which was dented heavily by Dwarfs exactly a week yesterday, when they played the league leaders on Sunday, Kotoko immediately targeted the bottom-placed Edubiase side as their sacrificial lamb and hoped to beat them to close the gap on the leaders.
But continuously, they maintained the weekly drops on the table which this time saw them fall to sixth position, gradually blighting their chances of challenging for the trophy with the pressure also increasing on Coach Michael Osei.
The win also comes as a huge boost for Edubiase’s quest to avoid the drop.
The game was balanced until Tawfik capitalised on a defensive mix-up to fire his side ahead, presenting Kotoko a tall mountain to climb as early as the 17th minute.
But a penalty awarded from a melee gifted Kotoko the opportunity to level the scores and they expertly did that from the foot of a composed skipper Amos Frempong.
Despite protesting, Edubiase accepted the challenge and pushed Kotoko until they conceded the winner from a Nasir Lamine penalty.