STRIKER Nathaniel Asamoah was for the second time the toast of Asante Kotoko fans as he kept the club’s revival mission alive by fetching the only goal in their Glo Premier League match against Ebusua Dwarfs at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi yesterday.
The former Wa All Stars player, who now has three goals in two outings for his new club, was heavily policed in the match but anytime he disentangled himself, he was a threat to the visitors.
But it was not a vintage performance from the Porcupine Warriors as they struggled in the second half to hold the visitors.
Coach Bogdan Korak kept faith with the team that beat All Stars 2-0 last Sunday, save returnee Ivorian Ahmed Toure who formed the twinstrike force with Nathaniel Asamoah.
The game was cagey in the early part and it was not until the ninth minute when Dwarfs’ George Appiah made the first serious attempt at goal, missing closely.
Kotoko appeared strong at the back with Yaw Frimpong, Umar Gariba, Ohene Brenya and Awal Mohammed providing a tall barrier for the Dwarfs attack.
Toure kept the stadium alive with a superb volley from 25 metres on the 23rd minute which brought the best out of Dwarfs keeper, Adade Foli, as he stretched to his elastic limit to direct the ball over the bar.
steel play resulting in Referee Yaw Ametepe booking Kofi Mawuli on
the 25th minute.
With just a minute left on the clock to end the first half, Nathaniel
Asamoah set the impressive home crowd roaring when he found a pace on the
left to deliver a left-footed shot which deflected off an opponent
past keeper Adade. And what a way to celebrate the goal as he ran to the touch line to receive cheers from the roaring crowd.
Both sides made changes in the second half in a bid to strengthen
their game but they both failed to score. Following the replacement of Toure, Asamoah became the lone ranger upfront and the fight became tough for the striker who still showed promise.