Kumasi Asante Kotoko escaped another gloomy day by the skin of their teeth when midfielder Daniel Nii Adjei scored an injury time goal to give the Porcupine Warriors a narrow 1-0 victory over Aduana Stars at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi yesterday.
With the clock reading barely a minute to go, Adjei capitalised on lack of concentration and over-elaboration by the visitors to thump home the match winner much to the relief of the home supporters.
Aduana, who had played so well even with 10 men after Wahab Adams was sent off in the 49th minbute for a second bookable offence, paid dearly for unnecessary delay tactics when they had barely a minute to earn a respectable draw.
However, midfielder Adjei profited from a stormy action to fire hoime a loose ball beyond the reach of impressive goalkeeper Stephen Abams.
While Kotoko will be happy earning the three maximum points, they would be the first to admit that the path towards ascendancy still appears tortuous.
Aduana, handled by former Kotoko trainer, Herbert Addo, cut out the supplies to the Kotoko attack as Baffour Gyan (later substituted), Kabiru Moro, Alex Asamoah and Stephen Manu were both mediocre and wayward in their overall performance.
Gyan, whose contribution fell below expectation, made a mess of a chance on the 30th minute before Aduana’s Kwame Frimpong wasted the best opportunity in the half on the 41st minute when goalkeeper Isaac Amoako, who was clearly beaten, clawed back to grab the striker’s weak shot.
Twice Kotoko appealed for a penalty but their pleas were ignored by referee Mohammed Awal.
However, it was all relief and joy for the home side as Kotoko players celebrated the victory while Aduana players were stuck on the turf for several minutes after the match.