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Kotoko sack CK Akonnor

Asante Kotoko have terminated their contract with coach Charles Kwablan Akonnor after nine months in charge of the club.

Written by Gideon Sarpong
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Kotoko beat Karela to win Special Competition; secure CAF Champs League spot

Kumasi Asante Kotoko defeated dark horses of the maiden GFA Tier One Special Competition, Karela United, 4-2 on penalties at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi yesterday to pick Ghana's sole ticket for next season's CAF Champions League. The two sides were tied on 1-1 after 90 minutes of play following goals by former "wonder boy" of AshantiGold, Emmanuel Baffour, for Karela in the 49th minute and a controversial penalty converted by Abdul Fatawu Safiu Fataw for Kotoko in the 73rd minute.

It was Kotoko's second silverware in less than a month after defeating long standing rivals, Asec Mimosas to lift the Otumfuo 20th anniversary Cup.

Karela, notwithstanding their loss, appeared to be well drilled and deserving winners until their lead was cancelled.

They possessed the ball for most of the time, took charge of the midfield but luck eluded them.

Indeed, they surrendered the trophy to Kotoko the moment they abandoned their attacking football to defend the narrow lead.

Kotoko swung into top gear barely a minute after kick off but Abdul Fatawu Safiie overindulgence robbed his side of an early goal.

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Kotoko knock out Hearts, meet Karela in grand final of NC Tier 1

Kumasi Asante Kotoko crushed rival Hearts of Oak’s dream of representing Ghana in next year’s CAF Champions League when they gained a 5-4 penalty win over their bitter opponents in their semi-final Normalisation Committee Special Tier 1 competition at the Accra Sports stadium.

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