Augustine Okrah scored in the 13th minute to power Asante Kotoko to a 1-0 victory over Legon Cities in a fiercely contested week 22 fixture at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday night.
Asante Kotoko were hoping to bounce back from Medeama’s 1-2 defeat last Saturday and Mariano Barreto’s side walked the talk as they survived Cities scare.
The home side were hoping to outstretch Kotoko in the early minutes of the game but Kotoko outsmarted them and in the 13th Augustine Okrah shot the visitors into the lead.
Legon Cities increased their play with the hope of drawing parity but Kotoko’s formidable spirit overweight that of their opponents.
Notwithstanding Legon Cities passing and chances created, Kotoko stood resolute in all departments of the game to move to the top of the League table with 37 points.
However, Myfabulousonline.com’s editor, Michael Duah was at the Accra Sports Stadium to run the rule over the Asante Kotoko players…
Razak Abalora – 7/10
The Black Stars goalie had little to do but was on the ball whenever called upon. Made a tremendous save to deny Baba Mahama in the second half.
Christopher Nettey – 6/10
He was immense on the right flank on his return to the starting line up and won his duels for most of the game. Combined well with Gyamfi and tried to affect proceedings.
Imoro Ibrahim – 6/10
The 21-year-old was threatening for much of the game and though he got forward on a couple of occasions, he was far from his usual, imperious best. Imoro was substituted in the second half after sustaining an injury.
Yusif Mubarik – 7/10
Mubarik denied the opposition any joy on the right side of defence and was solid throughout on what was a comfortable evening for the Reds.
Abdul Ganiyu – 7.5/10
He dictated play at the heart of the defence and made some crucial, last-ditch tackles to deny the opposition forward line any joy in the Kotoko box. Composure personified and was just class all game.
Habib Mohammed – 6/10
Looked solid defensively, but didn’t offer enough going forward. There was a notable shift in Kotoko’s play when he was replaced by Adom Frimpong.
Emmanuel Gyamfi – 7/10
Looked like his best game for Kotoko this season. Constantly driving at the Legon Cities defence and causing problems, even drifting from wing to wing in the hopes of finding an opening but he was wasteful with the few chances that came his way.
Mudasiru Salifu – 9/10
Arguably the best player on the pitch, Muda was excellent as he dropped deep and controlled the temp for the Porcupines. Work-rate was immense.
Augustine Okrah – 6/10
Worked hard upfront, though, got bullied couple of times by the Cities defense. Deserved his goal though.
Fabio Gama – 7.5/10
The Brazilian was once again the architect in the Kotoko set up. Played a string of cute passes to slice open the Legon Cities defence and was heavily involved in Kotoko’s attack throughout the game. It was his freekick that resulted in the goal.
Godfred Asiamah – 6/10
Handed his first start under Barreto, Asiamah had a decent outing as he played through the Legon Cities defense on plenty of occasions.
Patrick Asmah – 5.5/10
Came on to replace injured Imoro and slippled in some lovely crosses into the Legon Cities box.
Adom Frimpong – 5/10
Adom made his second consecutive appearance off the bench, as he was brought on to replace Habib Mohammed with a quarter of the match still to be played and brought stability in the midfield.
A rare chance for some action for the forward – but he saw little of the ball.