Lions pip Kotoko in Top Four Tourney
Accra, Sept 27, Ghanadot/GNA -
Ibrahim Suleman’s strike ensured Kpando Heart of Lions
secured a second win in the Glo Top Four tourney with a late
goal that bruised defending champions, Kumasi Asante Kotoko
in the last group game of the competition at the Ohene Djan
Kotoko was out of sort for most part of the game which the
host (Lions) dominated in a manner that cast doubt over the
“Porcupine Warriors” invincibility.
Both teams produced a few chances but proved wasteful until
Sulemana defied the odds to break the deadlock with seven
minutes to end proceedings.
Sulemana appeared too casual after he profited from a goal
mouth melee when he was caught in-between two Kotoko
defenders but the striker survived a fall to knock the ball
past goalkeeper Isaac Amoako in posts.
In between play, Kotoko’s Eric Bekoe and Kwabena Yaro let
their team down with comedy of errors whenever they
approached the host goal area.
It was however Lions’ whose intention appeared clear when
Amoako was stretched by Stephen Owusu twice in the early
stages of the game.
Amoako was lucky in the first instance when Owusu’s lob
deflected off the post to safety and went to score full
marks with the second by pulling a glorious save three
minutes on to keep Kotoko in the game.
The two teams resumed the second half with scanty chances
and when Lion’s Edmund Owusu Ansah missed from a close range
after 74 minutes when confronted with only the goalie, it
became apparent that goal scoring remains Ghana’s major
headache in the acclaimed “Passion of the Nation.”
Kotoko did all they could in search of the equaliser but the
Lions defence stood tall until the final whistle to send the
few Kotoko fans home highly disappointed
Kotoko would meet Liberty Professionals in the grand finale
fixed for the Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi next month.