KUMASI Asante Kotoko continued their unimpressive form in the Glo Premier League with a 1-1 draw against Kpando Heart of Lions at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi yesterday.
Visionless and without drive and energy, Kotoko wandered in the game and were lucky to escape defeat in the dying embers when Lions came close on three occasions, the ball hitting the post once.
The sparse midweek crowd, mostly Kotoko supporters, walked out of the stadium dejected, wondering what must have been happening to the once-fearsome Kotoko.
Lions started with their backs to the wall, but when they turned the heat on, keeper Isaac Amoako had to come out of his area to sweep the ball off the foot ofOsei Banahene on the eighth minute.
It was a dangerous signal for the Porcupine Warriors and they reacted quickly with Baffour Gyan coming close on the nineth minute. A lot of action remained in the middle with the traffic occasionally moving to the flanks where Lions were superior.
But once Kotoko put their act together they remained slightly on top and it came as little surprise when they opened the scoring on the 28th minute. A brilliant workout on the left saw Michael Ofosu Appiah placing well in the area for advancing Francis Coffie to finish off.
Lions took up the challenge and drew level two minutes later through Daniel Acquaye who opened the Kotoko wall with a curling ball from a freekick, with Isaac Amoako making a fruitless attempt to salvage it.
Stephen Ahorlu in post for Lions pulled some brilliant saves, including a penalty kick by Michael Ofosu Appiah on the 47th minute, to deny Kotoko.
The introduction of Gilbert Fiamenyo in place of Tanko Mohammed ignited the Lions game but the bulky striker wasted two great opportunities on the 90th minute and in added time, much to the relief of Kotoko.