The Rejected Afriyie Barnie Comes Back To Silence Noisy Kotoko

Asante Kotoko lost the pilling pressure on Hearts of Oak after losing 1-0 at the Accra Sports Stadium.

The game started on a heated note with Hearts of Oak coming into the game much more as they pile much pressure on the Porcupine warriors in the first opening minutes.

Kotoko pulled up their guns very well by switching the game into a midfield battle     And started asking questions in the game .

Hearts of Oak applied much breaks at the back and blocked couple of threats from their opponents.

Hearts of Oak also were dictating the pace in the game with much more midfield displays by knocking Kotoko’s door but never opened.

Both sides created couple of chances to break the dead luck in the first half  but the game ended goalless in the first half.

The second half started with both sides coming into the game after refreshing time for the break probably the pep talks in the dressing room did the trick.

Hearts of Oak came into the game in the opening of the second half looking forward to score but Kotoko blocked their chances and kept their defense uptight.

Emmanuel Gyemfi On couple of times took the game on the flanks couple of times create opportunities for his attackers but Hearts defense was very tight to clear their lines.

The Phobians took the game to the midfield that was when Emmanuel Botchway came into the game for injured Emmanuel Nettey.

The game swang into Kotoko’s half couple  of times making it a well balanced one.

Until the 66 minutes when inform Afriyie  Barnie’s classic finish breaks the deadlock. After a corner kick was cleared out Emmanuel Botchway long range rebound shot which was that weak went straight to the ex-Kotoko player Barnie who was in the Sixyard box slotted into the top corner to register his goal.

Kotoko were looking forward to respond quickly after going down but all questions they ask were unanswered.

Kotoko were lacking that final cutting edge to despite being resolute.

Compared to Hearts of Oak attacker who pulled mute pressure on Kotoko the second half produced few begging chances.

The game ended 1-0 in favour of the home side meaning Hearts of Oak have extended the lead to further 3points with 59 after 31 games whilst Kotoko remain second  with 56 points.

The more games left for the season to end if Hearts of Oak win all their matches then they will break a 10 year jinx of not winning the domestic league for the first time.

And would also mean for the first time in sixth years the league has been won by a top club as it was won by Kotoko in 2015 before Ashgold grabbed it in 2016, Wa All Stars in 2017 and Aduana Stars in 2018 before the Anas Expose hit the top football governing body and the league was truncated and same truncation happened last season due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

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