Yakubu Mohammed scored a second half winner as Asante kotoko snatched a 2-1 victory over Liberty Professionals in match day one of the Ghana Premier League.
Asante kotoko had looked like they would have to settle for a point after the dansoman based club scored a first-half goal through the effort of Benjamin Eshun who struch home the opener after what seemed to look like a failed tactics for Zdravko’s men.
But the porcupine warriors stepped up the pressure in the second half and Yakubu who had had the equalizer from the spot kick after Emmanuel Gyamfi had been brought down in the penalty area claimed his second of the game minutes after putting kotoko on level.
The result will lift kotoko’s confidence and enable them to breathe a sigh of relief after losing their first game to WAFA in the previous season.
Zdravko’s selection looked good but was forced to make two early changes with injuries to Amos Frimpong and Obed Owusu as their play in the first half lacked potency. The hosts created numerous chances and should have had far more to show for their efforts than a 1-0 loss at the end of the first half.
Kotoko were almost made to pay for their profligacy early in the second half as Papa Arko called Felix Annan into action for the first time in the second half from a counter attack. Annan tipped the effort over the post.
Kotoko began to get frustrated as some of their attacks broke down, and the crowd appeared to get anxious, but they went close again when Eric Donkor headed wide from a cross from the right side.
Liberty professionals who were outclassed by kotoko in the second half,conceeding two quick goals tried so many times for the equalizer but failed.
KOTOKO XI VS LIBERTY:
Felix Annan,Amos Frimpong(c),Ahmed Adams,Abeiku Ainooson,Awudu Nafiu,Seth Opare,Prince Acquah,Kwame Boahene,Emmanuel Gyamfi,Yakubu Mohammed,Obed Owusu
Eric Donkor,Jackson Owusu,Edwin Tuffour,Olennu Ashitey,Baba Mahama,Abass Mohammed,Ernest Sowah
LIBERTY XI VS ASANTE KOTOKO:
Fatao Alhassan, Papa Arko, Michael Ampadu, Nana Osei Bonsu, Mubarik Yusif,Samuel Sarfo,Simon Zibo,Gerald Arckson,Tamimu Muntari, Issa Shaibu, Benjamin Eshun.
Prosper Avor,Babamu Addo,Samuel Annan,Emmanuel Sarpong,Bernard Arthur,Brite Andoh,Eric Andoh