Kumasi Asante Kotoko ended their classless season on Friday night when they hosted Sekondi Hasaacas.
Kwame Boateng rose when it mattered most to save the job of David Duncan and earned the team first winning bonuses of the season.
He ended brilliant move started by Stephen Nyarko from right flank, dummying Kingsley Adjei before slotting the ball beyond the reach of the outstanding George Owu on 71 minutes.
Sekondi Hasaacas sat at the back for most part of the game, barely marking incursions forward to hurt Kotoko. The game plan of Basigi allowed the Porcupine Warriors to dictate the proceedings from the onset, pushing their opponents to the wall to end their barren run in the season.
The first glorious opportunity fell the way of Dauda Mohammed who returned into the line in place of Obed Owusu.
The 19-year-old failed to beat the ever brilliant George Owu from close range. The former Black Stars goalkeeper saved with his feet to keep the scoreline at a zero-all stalemate, frustrating David Duncan’s boys.
It was all Kotoko covering the grasses of the Baba Yara sports stadium and they did that so brilliantly, but lacked the cutting edge to find the back of the net.
The Porcupine Warriors continued from where they left before recess, knocking at the door of Hasaacas. The Takoradi-based club remained happy to soak the pressure.
They however struggled to beat George Owu who muffled their strikes at goal. He pulled off a massive save to deny Theophilous Nyame’s driving header from Edwin Frimpong’s cross, but five minutes later, the deadlock was broken.
Stephen Nyarko strolled the ball onto the path of Dauda Mohammed, the youngster found Kwame Boateng who was in better position, and he made no mistake. He dummied his marker Kingsley Adjei and stroke the ball low into net.
Hasaacas responded to the set back and took the game to the record premeir league champions, but the backline had all the answers. Delayed tactics were adopted by Asante Kotoko to frustrate Hasaacas and they succeeded– keeping their record of never loosing a Friday game at the Baba Yara sports stadium intact, whilst easing the pressure on Duncan and earning the team winning bonuses.