Hearts 1(4) – 1(5) Kotoko – Five lessons from Kotoko’s victory over Hearts of Oak

Kumasi Asante Kotoko took a step closer to winning the Normalization Committee Tier 1 Special Cup after beating arch-rivals, Hearts of Oak 5-4 on penalties at the Accra Sports Stadium after a 1-1 stalemate in regulation time. The Porcupine Warriors took the lead very early in the 5th minute, thanks to a superb finish by Abdul Fatawu Safiu. Despite enjoying a lion share of possession, Hearts were made to wait until the 90th minute to find the equalizer through Christopher Bonney after Kotoko were penalized for handling the ball in…

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Kim Grant disappointed by Kotoko defeat

Hearts of Oak coach Kim Grant has expressed his disappointment following their defeat to Asante Kotoko in the semi-final of the NC Tier 1 Special Competition. The Phobians were knocked out of the competition via penalties after drawing 1-1 with Kotoko in regulation time. Fatawu Safiu opened the scoring for Kotoko at the Accra Sports Stadium with a great finish in the 5th minute. The Phobians forced the game to penalties after Christopher Bonney converted from the spot with virtually the last kick of the game. The Porcupine won the resultant penalty…

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Christian Atsu hopes fourth time is the charm at 2019 AFCON

Black Stars winger Christian Atsu hopes fourth time is the charm as he prepares for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. The Newcastle star is one of the most experienced players in Kwesi Appiah’s 23-man squad having featured in the last three editions. The 27-year-old’s best moment came at 2015 AFCON, hosted by Equatorial Guinea/Gabon, where he helped Ghana to a second place finish and was adjudged the Player of the Tournament. Ahead of this year’s tournament which kick starts on June 21, Atsu is confident he can help end…

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Atsu haunted by 2015 AFCON final defeat to Ivory Coast

Christian Atsu has revealed that he is still haunted by the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals defeat to Ivory Coast. The Black Stars had managed to exceed all expectations by reaching the final where they outplayed their West African counterparts. Ghana had the better chances in regulation time, hitting the woodwork twice with Christian Atsu‘s 25-yard shot and André Ayew’s effort from a tight angle. It ended 0-0 after 120 minutes and the match inevitably went to penalties. The Black Stars blew a two-goal lead in the penalty shootouts to…

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Fatawu Safiu revels in Super Clash win

Kotoko striker Abdul Fatawu Safiu has expressed his joy after knocking out arch rivals Hearts of Oak in the semi-final of the NC Tier 1 Special Competition. C.K Akunnor’s men edged the Phobians in the penalty shoutouts after drawing 1-1 in regulation time. Fatawu opened the scoring at the Accra Sports Stadium with a great finish in the 5th minute. The Phobians forced the game to penalties after Christopher Bonney converted from the spot with virtually the last kick of the game. The Porcupine won the resultant penalty kicks 5-4, sending them to…

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