By Patrick Akoto
Asante Kotoko recorded a nervy 2-1 win over Liberty Professionals to move third on the Ghana Premier League table on Sunday.
Striker Kofi Nti Boakye’s solitary strike in the first half and a controversial spot kick in the second handed the champions the maximum points in their delayed fixture at the Accra sports stadium.
Coach Didi Draman’s side were positive throughout but were unable to create or finish their passing moves after enjoying much of the possession early in the first period.
The first half saw a dominant display from the visitors who kept the chunk of possession.
Midfielder Michael Anaba, who was playing his first game for the Porcupine Warriors since he recovered from a muscle strain, was a thorn in the flesh of the home side as he combined effectively with Michael Helegbe and Issah Yakubu.
Kotoko finally saw their dominant paid off after striker Kof Nti Boakye scored from close range.
Half Time: Liberty 0-1 Kotoko
Kotoko came out stronger in the second half with a greater intent on increasing their goal tally as winger Richard Mpong began to cause problems with his speed and movement.
The 21-year-old former Medeama player could have increased the goal haul for Kotoko as his efforts hit the woodwork in the 56th minute.
Liberty’s defensive was wobbly and panicky as the attackers of Kotoko kept piling the pressure.
Kotoko got the second goal through a controversial penalty which was beautifully planted by defender Kwaben Edusei.
Seidu Bancey was adjudged to have been fouled in the penalty box and the decision was vehemently protested by Liberty Professionals.
Edusei stepped up for the kick and beautifully slotted home the second goal.
Liberty responded quickly with the consolation from in-form striker Ebenezer Assafouah.
Kotoko have moved to third on the table with 26 points, four points adrift of leaders Medeama.
Full Time: Liberty 1-2 Kotoko