Monday, June 16, 2008


A 2-0 victory over Obuasi Ashantigold at the Baba Yara Stadium yesterday helped Kumasi Asante Kotoko further tighten their grip on the Onetouch Premier League title.
Kotoko who have stretched their leadership by 11 points now look poised to be coasting to the ultimate.
But for some unpardonable misses at goal, the Porcupine Warriors would have run riot over Ashgold, who contributed significantly to their own defeat with a second-rate performance.
The Obuasi club raised false hopes of a brilliant afternoon when just two minutes into the game, Richard Awuah outwitted goalkeeper Nii Baah in an aerial challenge but failed to provide the final connection.
The early scare triggered a stormy response from Kotoko who laid siege in the opponents’ area with skipper Osei Kuffour and Kojo Poku in full attendance.
Veteran keeper James Nanor was booked early in the game (12th minute) when Referee Thomas Nunoo judged him for deliberately delaying the game. Nanor, who pulled off a great save from Poku’s effort in the 22nd minute, however, had no answer to a Kotoko attack six minutes later as Francis Akwaffo swung in a free kick for Jordan Opoku to punish Nanor.
In the 61st and 66th minutes, Osei Kuffour and Poku dribbled past Nanor but the finishing was always a problem.
Kotoko could, however, not be denied the second goal in the 73rd minute when a brilliant combination between Osei Kuffour and Opoku found Akwaffo who surreptitiously connected non-drop past Nanor.
Protests from Ashgold that Akwaffo scored from an offside positioning was brushed aside by Referee Nunoo.

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