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MATCH REPORT: Asante Kotoko secure first win in pre-season friendly

Ahead of the start of 2020/21 Ghana Premier League season, Asante Kotoko sold out an outstanding performance by beating lower-tier side Odweanoma FC in the club’s first pre-season encounter in Koforidua on Sunday.

Coach Maxwell Konadu handed debuts to three of his new signings in Yussif Mubarik, Emmanuel Keyekeh, Emmanuel Sarkodie.

It was balanced in the early minute of the game as both sides tried to find their rhythm. Kotoko had more possession of the ball but few chances were created with their dominance.

Young striker, Osman Ibrahim’s goalscoring form in the cancelled Ghana premier league with King Faisal continued as he fetched the opening goal in the game on the 5th minute with an assist from Augustine Okrah at the All Nations University park.

Osman’s right-foot finish from the six-yards outset the tone for a solid first-half display from Maxwell Konadu’s team in this outing.

Guinean import, Naby Laye Keita scored the Porcupines’ second on the 41st minute to give the Reds a comfortable lead before the break from the spot after Odweanoma defender handled Samuel Frimpong’s cross into the box.

Coach Maxwell Konadu paraded an entirely new squad for the second department of the game.

Asante Kotoko new team dominated the entire second half with some scintillating football on the afternoon.

An amazing team effort resulted in a goal after Adom Frimpong sent a nice searching pass from the midfield to locate Patrick Asmah at the left-wing and he continued with a nicely-curved inswinger into the penalty box which met Kwame Poku whose first-time low chip found the back of the net for Kotoko’s third in the game in the 78th minute.

Odweanoma kept pressing for a consolation but Asante Kotoko proved too strong for them as the referee brought the game to an end.

Below are the players for the game.

First set

Felix Annan, Samuel Frimpong, Imoro Ibrahim, Yussif Mubarik, Habib Mohammed, Emmanuel Sarkodie, Emmanuel Keyekeh, Augustine Okrah, Martin Antwi, Ibrahim Osman, Naby Keita.

Second set

Kwame Baah, Christopher Nettey, Patrick Asman, Wahab Adams, Abdul Ganiu, Mudasiru Salifu, Adom Frimpong, Emmanuel Gyamfi, Godfred Asiamah, Kwame Poku, William Opoku Mensah

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