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

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

Written by Gideon Sarpong
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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.

Amos Frimpong’s final penalty sent the impressive Porcupine following into rapturous jubilations after Hearts centre-back Mohammed Alhassan fluffed his penalty.

The Phobians snatched a late-gasp equaliser to get back into the tie after referee adjudged a Kotoko defender to have handled the ball inside his 18-yard box, in added-on time.

Christopher Bonney then struck home for the home side to send the game into the lottery of penalties.

The game was marred by constant stoppages as both sides heckled each other to the ground on countless occasions.

The Oseikrom boys got off to a blistering start when talisman Abdul Fatawu combined beautifully with strike partner Naby Keita to give Kotoko an early lead in the fifth minute.

The goal unsettled the homesters who struggled to find their rhythm in the early exchanges.