President Cup 2023: Hearts of Oak show dominance to beat Asante Kotoko SC 1-0

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The Continental Club Masters continued their dominance over arch rivals Asante Kotoko SC with a narrow 1-0 win on Sunday at the Accra Sports Stadium.

The 2022-23 BetPawa Premier League match-week 20 encounter also served as 2023 President Cup. First half ended goalless but saw the host Accra Hearts of Oak SC enjoying more possessing of the ball and tormenting the Porcupine Warriors.

Kwadwo Obeng Junior and Eric Esso came close to scoring the opener in the first session but could not found composure any time infront of goal.

Congolese midfielder Linda Mtange inspired the Rainbows to a deserving victory from a brilliant set-piece few minutes from recess.

His right foot strike was well met with a header inside Asante Kotoko SC box, and guess who? It was defender Konadu Yiadom, Asante Kotoko’s nightmare this season.

Coach Seydou Zerbo after making changes to his team with the introduction of Clinton Duodu and Eric Zeze mounted pressure on the Phobians in the last 25 minutes. However, was not connecting the chances.

A well taken free-kick by Eric Zeze spotted Mohammed Alhassan’s head in the box but hit the woodwork despite Goalkeeper Richmond Ayi in no man’s land from the set-piece.

At full time, Asante Kotoko SC lost 1-0 to bitters rivals Accra Hearts of Oak SC at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Hearts of Oak SC have now won all three President Cup flowing 2017 lost and 2022 2-1 defeat.

Story Kolog Bonaventure

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