NC Special Competition: Kotoko pip Eleven Wonders in Kumasi

Author: Kwadwo Baffoe Donkor
A line up of Kumasi Asante Kotoko team

Kumasi Asante Kotoko had a tough time beating Techiman Eleven Wonders 1-0 in their encounter at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium yesterday.

The Porcupine Warriors found their winning spirit on home soil days after losing by a similar margin against regional rivals AshantiGold at the Len Clay Stadium last Sunday.

Yesterday, it took a 77th minute goal by Abdul Ganiu Ismail from a spot kick to separate the two sides, after Kotoko midfielder Emmanuel Gyamfi was fouled in the visiting side’s penalty box.

Eleven Wonders players protested vehemently against referee Bismark Appiah’s decision to award Kotoko a spot kick, as they held that the challenge on Gyamfi -- who was not in a clear scoring position -- was fair. However, the referee stuck to his guns and the penalty decision was upheld.

Before that incident, both teams had a fair share of possession with Kotoko dominating the exchanges in the first half but the iron clad defence of the Techiman side prevented Charles Akonnor’s side from scoring.all the 50-50 balls and dominated in the midfield.

However, the pendulum swung in the other direction as the visitors began dictating the pace with effective long passes, with their dreadlocks star, Kwadwo Amoako, causing problems for Kotoko defence. On two occasions, Kotoko’s goalkeeper Felix Annan in posts for Kotoko was called to duty at least on two occasions to save the day for his side.

Despite a downpour in the 64th minute, both teams sold out a good game and gave the few spectators at the stadium their money’s worth.