Ghana Premier League pace-setters Asante Kotoko, consolidated their position on the summit of standings following a 1-0 triumph over Medeama SC at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Cameroonian forward George Mfegue scored the only goal of the game and missed a penalty as the Porcupine Warriors returned to winning ways on home turf against the in-form Tarkwa based side.
Prosper Narteh Ogum, Head coach of Asante Kotoko handed Dickson Afoakwa a starting berth with the youngster coming in for the injured Stephen Amankonah while Kwame Baah made the matchday squad for the first time in two months following the departure of Razak Abalora to Moldovan giants Sherif Tiraspol earlier this week.
The Reds unveiled their latest acquisition, Justice Blay prior to kick. The former Medeama man joined the Kumasi based side on a two-year deal.
Back to business, Medeama began the game brightly with Ahmed Toure causing problems to the Kotoko defence in the early minutes of the game.
Young Afoakwa almost snatched the lead for Reds in the 23rd minute with a powerful shot from the edge of the box but it was saved by goalkeeper Mandjui in goal for the Mauves.
The Ivorian shot-stopper was on hand to deny another Imoro Ibrahim in the 37th minute to the surprise of the Kotoko defender who was about to set off for a celebration.
After the break, Kotoko continued to press Medeama for the opener but Mandjui was always present to frustrate them.
However, Mfegue benefited from a mistake by Adom Frimpong and perfectly sent in his effort beyond the reach of goalkeeper Mandjui.
The Cameroonian striker could’ve bagged a brace five minutes later after Kotoko were awarded a penalty but he couldn’t beat Mandjui this time around as his kick was saved.
That was how the scoreline stayed until full time with Kotoko walking away with maximum points.
The win ensures Kotoko maintain their position on the log with 30 points, six points above Aduana Stars who sit in second place, while they are ten points better than rivals Hearts of Oak.