Kotoko lost 0-1 to the champions.

Porcupines slip to fourth position

Posted on: Mon Apr 17, 2017 - Report by Gideon Boakye Botchway

An unfortunate 35th minute goal and the failure to neatly convert a second half penalty combined to rob Kotoko of a favourable score line in last Sunday’s 2016/17 Premier League, match day 12 fixture against Wa All Stars at the Malik Jabir Park in Wa. 

The defeat, the third this season, sent the Porcupines from third to fourth on the league table with 19 points. Emmanuel Gyamfi easily gave away a foul to Wa All Stars in the 33rd minute as he used his foot in an aerial challenge with Nasiru Moro. He received a yellow card for that. 

The resultant free kick was cleared by Awal Mohammed. Kwame Asuandze pounced on Awal’s clearance behind the penalty box and fired into the net for the first goal.  Kwame’s shot wasn’t threatening. Felix Annan has braced himself to stop it. The ball took a terrible deflection right in front of the goalie, jolting in the rough patch before scaling over him. 

The goal climaxed an uneventful first half for Kotoko who couldn’t penetrate the home team. They however improved in the second half. Kwame Boateng, with only the goalie, Richard Ofori to beat in the 46th minute, shot over the bar. Assistant Coach, Godwin Ablordey, with the backing of Technical Advisor, Frimpong Manso at the VIP Stand was very confident as he threw his first card in the 59th minute – replacing Prince Acquah with Frank Sarfo Gyamfi. 

The winger however couldn't make any significant impact. With Seth Amoako blowing a chance to double the lead for the host in the 63rd minute; Kotoko moments on had a good chance to draw level but painfully threw away a fantastic scoring opportunity. 

Abeiku Ainooson released a pass to Jackson Owusu, whose long pass into the Wa All Stars 18-yard box, fell on the side of Kwame Boateng. Eric Oppong however pulled back Kwame Boateng as he attempted to fire home. Referee Dally Gagba was right at the spot and he awarded a penalty but Abeiku Ainooson couldn't make it count as the goalie saved his kick. 

Jackson Owusu made way for Isaac Quansah while Obed Owusu was also replaced by Yakubu Mohammed but the two substitutions couldn’t change the course of the game in terms of goals for the Porcupines. 

Kotoko: Felix Annan, Abeiku Ainooson, Awal Mohammed, Atta Kusi, Edwin Tuffour, Michael Akuffu, Jackson Owusu/Isaac Quansah, Emmanuel Gyamfi, Prince Acquah/Frank Sarfo Gyamfi, Obed Owusu/Yakubu Mohammed, Kwame Boateng. Bench: Ahmed Adams, Awudu Nafiu, Seth Opare, Isaac Amoako.

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