GHALCA G8:Kotoko pip Wonders

Posted on: Mon Jan 08, 2018 - Report by News Team

Asante Kotoko began the GHALCA G8 tournament with a win over newly promoted Eleven Wonders. Obed Owusu got the only goal of the game via the penalty spot for the porcupine warriors.

Coach Stephen Polack gave starts to new signings Sylla Mohammed and Wahab Adams. Jordan Opoku recently signed for another spell with the club also got a starting berth. Young talented, Ibrahim Danlad was also given a starting role in posts.

Polack's side started well dictating play and applying pressure. Jordan and Sylla were involved heavily, string passes across the pitch and making sure Kotoko had much more of the ball. The breakthrough came 34 minutes into the game when Frank Sarfo Gyamfi took a short corner, Boahene got the ball and weaved pass a Wonders' defender. Kwame Boahene's feet were too quick for the defender and he brought him down. Up stepped the experienced and decorated Obed Owusu to cooly tuck away the penalty.

After the opener it was much of the same, Wonders showed glimpses of the threat they could be in the premier league. Former Kotoko player Larbi Koomson the orchestrator for them.

Kotoko continued to dominate play and should have added to their lead but some resolute defending by Eleven Wonders and sometimes over elaboration on the part of the Porcupine Warriors cost them a second goal. Fatawu Hamidu replaced goalscorer Obed Owusu, as did Edwin Tuffour Frimpong for Owusu Jackson. Later in the game the experienced Jordan Opoku was taken off for Michael Yeboah who looks to play a bigger part this season.

Polack stated earlier this tournament was to warm up for the bigger tasks ahead and this was a good run out for Kotoko. The Porcupine Warriors are in  action again on Wednesday against Dreams FC.

Line up

Ibrahim Danlad
Amos Frimpong(C)
Eric Donkor
Awudu Nafiu
Wahab  Adams

Sylla Mohammed
Jackson Owusu(Edwin Tuffour)
Jordan Opoku(Micheal Yeboah)
Kwame Boahene
Frank Sarfo Gyamfi
Obed Owusu(Fatawu Hamidu)

Unused subs
Micheal Abu
Emmanuel Owusu
Seth Opare
Yakubu Mohammed

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