Asante Kotoko 1-0 Inter Allies: Lacklustre Porcupines Beat Tampico Boys To Return To Winning Ways – As It Happened
Asante Kotoko had to rely on a 67th-minute penalty from Guinean import Naby Keita to secure all three maximum points at the Accra Sports Stadium against Inter Allies in the match week 12 late kickoff.
A tactless first half that produced no excitement for the teeming fans who attended the games amidst covid-19, with both sides using the enter half to understudy each other.
Asante Kotoko didn’t seem to have watched their opponent ever before, with the only option of playing on the left-wing where they had Imoro Ibrahim and Fabio Gama.
Allies, having played more games at the Accra Sports Stadium seemed to have the antidote to break their hosts back, relying mainly on counter-attacking play, hoping one fell in.
It was Kingsley Braye who mainly started the attack on the right when Imoro and Gama left in search of goals for the Porcupines.
Meanwhile, both sides cancelled each other in midfield with a 3v3 system, while Asante Kotoko relied on Latif Anabila, Emmanuel Sarkodie, and Naby Keita, Inter Allies planted Desmond Abuga, Richmond Lamptey and Paul Abanga in the middle to deal with any threat that came their way.
With 5 changes to his side that played against Ashantigold, coach Johnson Smith could not break the back of the youthful Allies side, forcing Striker Kwame Opoku to fall deep into midfield in search of supply.
In spite of its colourless, Asante Kotoko had some few balls inside the Allies 18 area, but the timely intervention of Ali Isah, and Mohammed Abdul Kadir at the centre of Allies defence.
After the break, Asante Kotoko still didn’t seem to find the magic to break the back of Allies, while continuing with their pressure from counter-attacking, however, Allies kept their cool and composure, marking every movement of Asante Kotoko attackers of Kwame Poku and Naby Keita.
On the 67th minute, Kwame Opoku ran into the box to receive a long through pass from Fabio Gama, but before he could get to the ball, Mohammed Abdul Kadir had fouled him, and referee Alfaa Ba-Adey had no option after his assistant two communicated of a possible foul to call for a penalty for the Porcupines.
Naby Keita stepped up confidently to take the kick, and so to it, slotted perfectly to the blind side of goalkeeper Gideon Ahenkorah in goal.
The goal was certainly going to be the match-winner as Allies fought tirelessly but could not get the equalizer.