A honeymoon return to local football by Abass Mohammed was enough to hand Asante Kotoko SC an unconvincing 1-0 win over 10 men Aduana Stars at the Baba Yara Stadium.
The flying left back whacked in a devilish strike less than 2 minutes into the mammoth game to put CK Akunnor’s men into dream land in the stop gap championship organized by the Ghana Football Association interim leadership.
CK Akunnor’s side suffered three quick injuries to force the Asante Kotoko tactician into by force substitution with Danny Teguy and Kwame Bonsu all joining the injury list.
The host were without Sougne Yacouba for the start of the championship and his void was felt all game long with the Porcupines limping home in the slim win.
Aduana Stars on the other hand missed the services of Bright Adjie and his attacking partner, Yahaya Mohamed, failed to gel in a lone-range attack at the Baba Yara stadium.
Patronage inside the Baba Yara stadium was dreadful with fans sparingly dispersed on seats.
Abass Mohammed, slotting in at the left back position for Asante Kotoko SC, artfully fooled Joseph Addo between the sticks after just one minute to open the scoring for the host.
Kwame Bonsu’s textbook pass to Emmanuel Gyamfi was set to double the lead for host but for some wizardry save from Joseph Addo.
Yahaya Mohammed kissed the back of the net for the visitors only to be ruled offside in a move that will incur the wrath of the visitors.
The ensuing second department of the game replicated the feat of the first half with the goal keepers adding some values to their market prices.
A second caution for Noah Martey reduced Aduana Stars FC to 10 men with 35 minutes on the clock.
It was a numerical disadvantage Asante Kotoko SC barely used as the visitors fought back and almost pulled parity but for the agility of Felix Annan.