Kotoko nails embattled Dwarfs

Asante Kotoko S/C deepened the woes of bottom-of-the-log club, Ebusua Dwarfs, with an emphatic 3-0 victory over the visitors in a first round Ghana Premier League fixture at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium, Kumasi, on Sunday.

It was a well-deserved victory for the Porcupine Warriors who demonstrated tactical discipline throughout the match as against the visitors, playing as if nothing was at stake.

Dauda Mohammed was in the thick of affairs and would hit a brace for his side, scoring in the 17th and 81st minutes to push Kotoko from the lower ranks of the log to the fifth position.

The in-form striker set the tone for the demolishing exercise as he connected home a Stephen Nyarko pass from close range to break the deadlock of the game.

Dwarfs, sensing danger from this early onslaught, pushed more men into the midfield with Owusu Mensah and Mike Nsaidoo resorting to more robust play to keep the slippery Kotoko attack at bay.

The visitors’ resistance would, however, crumble and it was Sarfo Gyamfi who combined effectively with Nyarko to score the second goal for the homers on the stroke of half time.

Dwarfs introduced bulky striker, Gilbert Fiamenyo, into the game on resumption of the second half, but the striker was a pale shadow of himself.

He failed to reduce the scoring for his team in the 72nd minute, blowing away a spot kick after Ohene Brenyah was penalized for a foul.

Kotoko took advantage of the situation to punish the visitors, and Dauda was on target again in the 81st minute, scoring a beautiful goal from a well-rehearsed combination with Obed Owusu. GNA

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