Experienced striker Emmanuel Clottey scored a wonderful free kick to deny Asante Kotoko the maximum points at the Golden City Park in Berekum as the Porcupine Warriors shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw with Berekum Chelsea.
The 33-year-old brought deliverance and salvation to the Blues fans at the dying embers of the game as he elected him to send home a final minute free kick.
Kotoko coach Maxwell Konadu was hoping to become the first Kotoko coach to lead the Premier League record-winners to victory at the dreaded Golden City Park and they got the right impetus when Kwame Poku found himself in a good position and drew the first blood for his side.
Felix Annan, celebrating his birthday, was retained in posts ahead of Kwame Baah as Adom Frimpong and Emmanuel Gyamfi both started for the visitors at Berekum.
Kotoko dominated the early exchanges with Gyamfi and Osman Ibrahim putting in impressive performances upfront while Poku continued to mark his territory with predatory instincts.
Maxwell Konadu’s men perpetually relied on high-pressing and quick movement system jinxed with a slice of aggression as they went for all 50-50 balls and their determination and zeal paid off when a quick slice of a counter-attacking display found Keyekeh in space and his vision found Gyamfi in the vital area and the lightening-paced winger rounded a player up in the box before locating Poku who had ran on-side with Gyamfi. The former Nkoranza Warriors talisman kept his cool and presence as he guarded the ball into the net for the opening goal much to the delight of the Kotoko faithfuls including Brazilian Fabio Gama who was catching the game from the VIP box.
Kotoko continued to press after they had grabbed the opener but Chelsea defended with all their armour and arsenals. The first-half ended with Kotoko with their tails up and charged up after the interval the Warriors continued to dominate in the opening exchanges. But, Chelsea relied on their system and catching Kotoko on the break – but that as well wasn’t going to fetch them the equaliser. However with few minutes to the end of the game history fetched them the leveller and it came through Emmanuel Clottey who bulleted a free-kick from 25 yards to pull even for Chelsea and by so doing sunk his cold-edged dagger into the hearts of the Kotoko souls. Clottey’s last-gasp finish means that Kotoko still remain winless at the Golden City Park. After his goal, the striker who is capped 9 times at international level by Ghana, took off his shirt and brandished it at the Kotoko bench before throwing it at them – an action he apologised for in the post match interview.
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