Kotoko rally late to subdue stubborn Dwarfs – fixture played behind closed doors

Stephen Asante, GNA

Kumasi, Jan. 19, GNA
– Teenage sensation, Mathew Anim, rallied Asante Kotoko to a vital 2-0 victory
over bottom-of-the-log club, Ebusua Dwarfs, in a match day five clash of the
Ghana Premier League (GPL), at the Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi, on Sunday.

The encounter played
behind closed doors, following the recent Ghana Football Association’s (GFA)
sanctions on Kotoko for hooliganism, had to wait until the last five minutes
before producing the needed goals.

With their teeming
supporters missing in action at the 42-000 capacity Stadium, the Porcupine
Warriors throughout the game found it difficult breaking the watertight Dwarfs’
defence, and had to rely on the ingenuity of petite Anim to emerge as the victors.

The teenage
sensation fired home from close range in the 85th minute in a
goal-mouth scramble to register the first goal for Kotoko, after the homers had
laboured throughout the game to break the deadlock.

Agile goalie, Razak
Issah, was the stumbling block as he came to the rescue of the visitors on
numerous occasions, especially in the first half, denying Kotoko from burying
the embattled club under an avalanche of goals.

Kotoko’s attacking
duo, Sogne Yacouba and Naby Keita, were virtually disappointed as most of their
goal-bound shots were thwarted by the Dwarfs’ goalie.

Anim again was
involved in Kotoko’s second goal, setting up substitute Richard Arthur to score
in the 88th minute much to the relief of the Porcupine Warriors.