The traditional giants of the Glo Premier League Sunday shot themselves to prominence when Kumasi Asante Kotoko broke the winning spree of Medeama FC with a 1-0 victory at Tarkwa while, Hearts of Oak ended their recent chain of defeats with a 3-2 win over Real Tamale United in Accra.
With this new twist to the fortunes of the two sleeping giants, an appetising stage has been set for the showdown involving the two rivals on Sunday November 18 at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi, in this year’s version of the El Classico.
Kumasi Asante Kotoko displaying their indomitable spirit of old Sunday broke the hearts of Medeama fans at the Tarkwa T&A Park as ace striker Kofi Nti Boakye plucked the winner at close range to hand the homesters their first defeat after five matches.
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Despite the setback, Medeama still maintain their stranglehold on the league ladder, but the Porcupine Warriors have been propelled to fourth place after that famous win.
But at the Accra Sports Stadium, it was Edward Affum’s injury time goal that liberated the Phobians as they beat RTU 3-2 after the visitors had subjected them to a scare.
Hearts were heading for their fourth straight defeat in the league until the 80th minute when substitute Moro Iddrisu connected from the penalty spot to pull even after Affum was whacked down in the box.
And when the game seemed to be heading for a draw, Affum again became the hero of the day as he scored late in injury time to send the fans into frenzy after it all ended.
Until then, the fans had sat on tenterhooks as RTU came close to their second victory at the Accra Sports Stadium in 34 years. Incidentally, the Tamale lads won their first match against Hearts at the venue only last year.
Ironically, it was Hearts who stole the show in the early minutes of the game and on the eighth minute their efforts paid off when Hassan Mohammed brought down Thomas Abbey inside the box for a penalty.
Moro Abubakar missed the opportunity when he blasted off, but Mahatma Otoo scored after John Adjetey in post for RTU fumbled with an aerial ball.
RTU pulled one back in the 40th minute when Yusif Abdul Aziz flicked a header from a free kick to beat Lugard Tetteh in post for Hearts.
After recess, RTU dominated the exchanges and on the 57th minute they increased their lead through Sakara Salim.