Jackson Owusu and Amos Frimpong in the thick of affairs.

Match Report: Kotoko vs NEA Salamina

Posted on: Thu Aug 17, 2017 - Report by Gideon Boakye Botwe

Controversy is raging over Referee Yakubu Nuhu Liman’s late minute penalty decision that facilitated Kotoko’s progress to the FA Cup semi-final stage. But the player who was fouled in the box, compelling the referee to take the decision, believes that, the referee got it right. 

Kotoko earned a late penalty kick to secure a 2-1 win over NEA Salamina in Wednesday’s MTN FA Cup quarterfinal match at the Baba Yara Stadium. To Coach Steven Polack, the referee’s decision was an embarrassment but many of the fans at the game disagreed. 

Midfielder, Seth Opare, who was involved in the foul in the box explained the situation. “I went into a tackle with the defender. It was a 50-50 affair. I put my right foot forward for the ball. I got to the ball but the defender kicked my foot so hard forcing me down. There was contact, I felt it and that made the referee right” Opare told Kotoko Express. 

A number of the fans at the game equally supported the referee’s judgement. Victory was therefore sealed for Kotoko with a beautifully taken spot-kick by Captain, Amos Frimpong in the 95th minute. Saddick Mohammed had given the Porcupines an 11th minute lead which was cancelled by Obeng Junior in the 34th minute. 

NEA Salamina finished the game with 10 men because Nti Sadafos was red carded following a second bookable offence. There was a minute of silence before the game in memory of the late former Chairman, Alhaji Ejee, who passed away last week. 

Coach Polack made two changes to the starting line-up from the last game against Hearts. He fielded Isaac Quansah and Kwame Boahene ahead of Seth Opare and Baba Mahama. The coach also played goalie, Felix Annan, Awal Mohammed, Amos Frimpong, Emmanuel Gyamfi and Saddick Mohammed, who recently returned from the Chan qualifier in Ouagadougou. 

The visitors controlled the game and caused problems in the early minutes. Obeng Junior nearly opened scoring in the 11th minute but he headed wide from close range. Kotoko swiftly returned the heat, attacking with vitality and vigour. 

Jackson Owusu’s lively burst upfront connected Augustine Sefa who also linked Kwame Boahene on the edge of the box. Boahene, with two markers around him, squeezed a fine pass to Emmanuel Gyamfi whose perfect cross met an equally perfect header from Saddick Adams leaving goalie Ernest Arthur completely helpless. 

Kotoko: Felix Annan, Augustine Sefa, Amos Frimpong, Awal Mohammed, Ahmed Adams, Owusu Jackson, Emmanuel Gyamfi, Isaac Quansah/Seth Opare, Saddick Adams/Yakubu Mohammed, Obed Owusu, Kwame Boahene. Bench: Ernest Sowah, Frank Sarfo Gyamfi, Eric Donkor, Baba Mahama, Ohene Brenya. 

Salamina: Ernest Arthur, Emmanuel Owusu, Asante Aikins, Nti Sadafos, James Asare, Michael Adjei Ansong/Patrick Yeboah, Alfred Opoku, Darlington Gyan Fosu, Prince Attah Antwi, Ebenezer Aboagye/Ishmael Nketia, Obeng Junior. Bench: Richard Gyasi, Kwadwo Amoako, Joachim Yeboah, Eugene Marfo, Enoch Siaw. 

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