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Hearts overpower Kotoko to lift Ghana @ 60 Cup


Visiting Accra Hearts of Oak S/C displayed tactical discipline to hold archrivals,
Asante Kotoko S/C, to a pulsating 0-0 draw game in a second leg tie to win the Ghana @
60 Independence Cup at the Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi, on Sunday.

The Phobians edged past the Porcupine Warriors on a 3-1 aggregate score-line, having
beaten their opponents in the first leg.

Kotoko, led in attack by Sadique Adams and speedster Emmanuel Gyamfi, carried the game
to their opponents in the initial stages, and created some decent chances, but goalie
Ben Mensah prevented the homers from scoring.

Using the right flank to their advantage, the homers nearly broke the deadlock in the
ninth minute from a well-rehearsed defence-splitting move, but goalie Mensah was called
to duty to save a Kwame Boahen’s shot-range shot.

Hearts kept their composure in the ensuing all-attacking play by Kotoko, and against
the run of play, midfielder Winful Cobbina took advantage of a faulty pass, ran deep
into the Kotoko vital area and unleashed a thunderbolt in the 25th minute, which missed
the target by inches.

The last 15 minutes of the first session was fought fiercely by the two combatants with
both sides struggling to seize control of the midfield and this prevented either side
from creating any meaningful chance for the opener.

Hearts resumed the second half the more aggressive side and in Aminu Mohammed and
Samudeen Ibrahim, the Phobians found an impregnable pair of defencemen who kept the
slippery Kotoko attack at bay throughout the second half.

The homers were awarded two quick corner kicks in the 75 and 76th minutes, having
mounted series of pressure on the Phobians, but the ensuing kicks by Gyamfi were all

Hearts made a tactical change on the stroke of full time, bringing on Malik Akowuah for
Winful Cobbina, and this enabled the visitors to have much of the ball control as they
ended the encounter as the victorious.


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