Baba Mahama soars in a goalmouth melee.

Full match report: Kotoko vs Hearts

Posted on: Mon Aug 07, 2017 - Report by Bernard Nyankomago Yeboah

His team scored with a spot-kick to draw 1-1 with Hearts of Oak. His lead striker, Saddick Adams, missed a glorious last-minute chance to win the day for Kotoko. But in the midst the disappointment of not winning the much-touted 2016/17 Premier League, match day 23 outstanding fixture, Coach Steven Polack was satisfied with the team’s effort. 

To him and many of the supporters, the circumstance under which the team came into the game couldn’t be ignored as they commended the team for their mental fortitude. “It’s a good return. My players have shown mental toughness and that’s something encouraging” Polack said in a post-match interview with journalists. 

Before kick-off, a minute silence was observed for our late Deputy Equipment Officer, Thomas Obeng Asare who passed away in the unfortunate July 12 accident. The match itself saw the two teams winning each half. Hearts dominated the first 45 minutes while Kotoko took over the second half which produced two goals. 

Kwame Kizito gave Hearts the lead in the 59th minute after a perfect two-man move. Cobbinah capitalised on a defensive lapse and laid a pass to Fataw on the right wing. Fataw delivered a grounder into Kotoko’s vital area for Kizito to calmly tap home. Kotoko would draw level in the 79th minute with Saddick Adams neatly converting a penalty kick after defender, Vincent Atingah handled a powerful shot from Amos Frimpong inside the box. 

Kotoko pressed hard for the match winner but to no avail. Saddick Adams’ 93rd minute miss inside the six-yard box broke the hearts of many Kotoko fans but then there were many others including Coach Polack who seemed content with the outcome of the game. 

Referee Dally Gagba fared well but he was booed by Kotoko fans in the 62nd minute when he whistled for an infringement for Kotoko instead of giving speeding Emmanuel Gyamfi an advantage to proceed to shoot from the edge of the box. On the whole, it was a relatively good comeback for Kotoko, who fought hard to graciously earn a vital point in the Super Clash. 

Kotoko: Felix Annan, Amos Frimpong, Augustine Sefah, Ahmed Adams, Awal Mohammed, Jackson Owusu, Emmanuel Gyamfi, Seth Opare, Obed Owusu/Yakubu Mohammed, Saddick Adams, Baba Mahama/Frank Sarfo Gyamfi. Bench: Ernest Sowah, Edwin Tuffour, Prince Acquah, Kwame Boahene, Eric Donkor. 

Hearts: Ben Mensah, Thomas Abbey, Fataw Mohammed, Richard Akrofi, Vincent Atinga, Leornard Tawiah, Samudeen Ibrahim, Patrick Razak, Winful Cobbinah/Malik Akowuah, Kwame Kizito, Gnagne. Bench: Isaac Mensah, Robert Addo, Cosmos Dauda, Anthony Nimo, Bright Luqman, Sylvanus Gbeti.

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