Kumasi Asante Kotoko travelled Accra Sports Stadium to revenged the lost they survived against their archives Accra Hearts of Oak last year to lift the 2016 President’s Cup.

After 90 minutes of soccer actions, it was the Fabulous lads who held their nerve to win the penalty shoot out 3:2.

Goalkeeper Ernest Sowah was the toast of the fans as he saved three spot kicks.

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In the game itself, Hearts of Oak’s goalkeeper Silvanus Gbeti shook off a nervous start to pull off an incredible save and ensure Hearts of Oak remained in the game in duration time.

The Phobians have bitter memories of their last game at the Accra Sports Stadium against Kotoko, a game in which veteran goalkeeper Soulama Abdoulaye scuffed a simple back pass into his own net.

Having held the bragging rights in the last two years it was Kumasi Asante Kotoko who started this one on a high note with forward Dauda Mohammed who is the Premier League’s most sought after forward robbing Rubin Gagne and creating a goal-scoring opportunity that Obed Owusu narrowly missed.

Kotoko could sense blood after a few unconvincing punches from Silvanus Gbeti in post ahead of Samuel Akrugu and Soulama Abdoulaye for Hearts of Oak.

The Porcupine Warriors dominated but failed to find the back of the net, allowing Hearts of Oak to settle.

Hearts of Oak’s Isaac Mensah tried to inspire his colleagues when he went through two defenders before testing Ernest Sowah in post for Asante Kotoko.

That was the first and only time the home side shot on target in the first half.

The second half was less explosive with both sides understandably cautious knowing very well the level of bragging rights at stake.

After ninety compelling minutes of action referee Awal Mohammed brought the game to an end with no side finding the back of the net.

Penalties:

Hearts of Oak skipper Robin Gagne stepped forward and coolly finished the first kick. Evans Quao stepped forward for Kotoko and scored his too.

Ibrahim Musah for Hearts and Eric Donkor both missed their kicks.

Paul Acquah followed for Hearts of Oak and had his kick saved before Emmanuel Osei scored for Kotoko.

Ollenu Ashittey also scored for Hearts of Oak before Samuel Kyere missed an opportunity to put Hearts of Oak ahead by over cocking his kick.

With the kicks still at 2-2 Patrick Razak stepped forward and missed for Hearts of Oak before Kotoko skipper Amos Frimpong ensured victory by finishing on the day.

The results means Asante Kotoko have won on their last two visits to the Accra Sports stadium.

By SIR KENN

SIR KENN is an on-air personality and a blogger.

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