UNDER pressure coach Paa Kwesi Fabin had a huge relief when Asante Kotoko posted a 2-1 victory over Real Tamale United in their Glo Premier League match at the Baba Yara Stadium on Wednesday night.
Jordan Opoku and former RTU striker, Kabiru Moro, scored the two goals that saved the coach from further troubles with the fans.
The former RTU hit man, who joined Asante Kotoko this season, crowned a fine night with a great goal that sent the fans cheering.
With about five minutes to end the game, Kabiru found space to meet a pass and dispatched the ball past the despairing lunge of keeper Nana Bonsu.
The first half had looked ominously familiar of Asante Kotoko. A catalogue of faulty passes and wayward shooting saw the Porcupine Warriors struggling.
Jordan Opoku was presented with the first opportunity to open the scores on the seventh minute but he whisked a free kick just around the area over the bar.
Kwabena Yaro, who partnered Kabiru in attack, was denied by Nana Bonsu in post on the 9th minute, plucking the striker’s header from 6 yards out.
Daniel Coleman worked hard to put the brakes on Yaro and the fans expressed their fury by shouting at the gangling striker to buck up.
Upfront for RTU, the going was difficult, with their strikers finding it extremely difficult to find space off Isaac Owusu, Omar Gariba, and Ofosu Appiah.
Determined to match Kotoko boot for boot RTU ended up conceding free kicks near the area but Kotoko failed to take advantage.
The second half started with Kotoko a transformed side, threading their passes well and keeping the pressure on Coleman, Baker, Iddrisu and Ibrahim at the RTU back.
When the heat became unbearable, the RTU defence caved in on the 76th minute, and what a moment to score that elusive goal.
Jordan trapped a pass on the chest before putting the ball out of the reach of the keeper.
The fans called for more goals and the home players responded, cutting into the area, one of which resulted in Kabiru’s goal.
But RTU fought hard to pull one back inside injury time.