A dramatic late equaliser from Emmanuel Clottey from a free-kick saw the Berekum Chelsea snatch a point against Asante Kotoko at Golden City Park on Sunday afternoon.
Kwame Opoku opened the scoring eighteen minutes assisted Ibrahim Imoro before Clottey smashed in a free-kick to beat goalkeeper Kwame Baah who had come in to replace injured Felix Annan.
Felix Annan (GK) – 7.5
For the most part, a busy afternoon the skipper had. Annan performed in ways he was expected to. He was commanding in the air, vocal with the back line and assertive when making routine saves. The importance of Annan’s calming presence between the sticks cannot be understated and his injury on the 90th-minute was a blow for the team.
Hopefully his injury isn’t long lasting as he is needed in order for this Kotoko squad to function.
Christopher Nettey – 6.5
Started his first game of the season after returning from his international assignment with the Black Stars and he put no foot wrong. His darting runs make for the perfect concoction in attack and his crosses seem to always find a teammate’s head like a cushion.
Nettey completely nullified any threat that Chelsea captain Stephen Amankona could offer.
Imoro Ibrahim – 6
Very few full-backs in the Ghana premier league possess the quality of delivery that Imoro has but defensively speaking there are still many questions that need answering. He was excellent in the first half but switched off after recess, though his pass to Kwame Opoku gave us the 18th-minute goal but his foul on Amankona at the edge of the box resulted in their equaliser.
Abdul Ganiu – 6
Not his usual bullying self, but still performed okay. Looked comfortable playing with Habib after many months.
Dominant in the air as he always is and well-protected by the likes of Keyekeh and Adom Frimpong operating in the spaces directly ahead of him, Ganiu’s greatest contribution came in defending Kotoko’s box from in-swinging crosses and corner kicks.
Habib Mohammed – 8.5
Habib has always been one of the most talented centerbacks in the Ghana premier league. The one thing he needed to add to his game was consistency. It’s now safe to say he’s added that since the trunacted season and sprinkled in some other traits—like an elite aerial presence.
He was making his first appearance of the season having lost his place to new signing Yusif Mubarik in the first game against Eleven Wonders and he was above excellent. Habib was always at the right positions at the right time and won himself the MOTM award.
Adom Frimpong – 6.5
Needs to communicate more with Keyekeh when they both push up the pitch but his distribution was fantastic. He showed improvement from his first game against Wonders last weekend. Won the ball back on many occasions and always tried to play on the front foot.
Emmanuel Keyekeh – 6.5
Looked lively and hurtled around the pitch in the first half. Tried to get things going and never shirked from demanding the ball. Massive improvement from his debut game against Eleven Wonders but needs to improve on his stamina.
Osman Ibrahim – 6
Slotted in to replace Augustine Okrah and did not disappoint. Worked hard for the team and hoovered just behind Kwame Opoku and Gyamfi to support them when Kotoko did launch counters.
Emmanuel Gyamfi – 5
He did little to impact the tempo and remained quiet going forward, overshadowing some nice defensive moments in the process. Hardworking in pressing the ball and tracking back to help out Nettey in defence, Gyamfi did, in fact, contribute to Kotoko’s ability to shut out Chelsea’s attack at the Golden City Park.
He needs to be effective up front with his runs. Had a few chances on the right but never looked like converting.
Godfred Asiamah – 4.5
A few bits of trickery, but was largely anonymous for Kotoko. Games like this serve as good opportunities to build upon his match fitness and return to the kind of form that had fans suggesting him as the promising player for the club.
Kwame Opoku – 7
The striker started the game well and was a livewire in the first half. Opoku used his pace to mesmerising effect on a few occasions and fetched the game’s opener after 18 minutes into the game.
Opoku did use his intelligence to create a few chances for his side but was largely anonymous throughout the game after his goal.
Emmanuel Sarkodie – 6
An apt substitution and one that was needed in the game when Keyekeh was tired. However, that did not stop Chelsea from getting a late equaliser.
Muniru Sulley – 4.5
Great to have some minutes under his belt and prove his fitness. Will now be raring to start in the next game.
Kwame Baah – 5
Baah was introduced in the 90th-minute to replace the injured Felix Annan and did his best as usual. He was just unlucky to have conceded that late equaliser from Clottey’s thunderbolt.