Asante Kotoko lost 1-2 to lower-tier side Benab FC in a training match at the Adako Jachie training complex this afternoon.
As part of preparations for this weekend’s league game against Medeama SC, Asante Kotoko today locked horns with Benab FC in a friendly match as Mariano Barreto is planing his strategy to maintain the club’s position on the league log following impressive results of the second round.
In a game that saw some fringed players getting minutes on the pitch, the visitors jumped into the lead as early as 6 minutes into the game.
The game was fairly balanced with both sides taking turns to dominate possession, though Latif Anabila received a knock before the break and was replaced by Martin Antwi who has been out of the team this season.
The visitors were exceptional in the first half but huffed and puffed in the second half as the Porcupines enjoyed the chunk of possession.
The Porcupines drew level in the 71st-minute through Martin Antwi’s spot-kick after Fabio Gama was brought down in the penalty box.
Benab FC in the dying embers of the games scored the winner from a close-range header to end the game.
Asante Kotoko who are first on the Ghana Premier League log after holding the top position for the second week running now shift attention to the weekend’s game against Medeama SC on Saturday in a matchday 21 clash at the Len Clay Stadium in a battle for the top spot clash.