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12.03.2009 League Report

Wise Deepen Kotoko Woes

By Daily Guide
Wise Deepen Kotoko Woes

Isaac Opeele Aboagye KOTOKO'S TROUBLES in this year's Glo Premier League seem far from over, as they fell 1-2 to visiting Sekondi Eleven Wise at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi yesterday.

Kotoko suffered defeat by the same margin when they faced their arch rivals and league leaders Hearts of Oak at the same venue before the league came to a temporary halt.  

The Hearts of Oak defeat resulted in the axing of Belgium trainer Maurice Coorman as the Head coach of the Kumasi based club. He was replaced by Isaac 'Opeele' Aboagye, the self-acclaimed answer to Jose Mourinho of Inter Milan fame.

In yesterday's cracker, the visitors who had a lion's share of possession, snatched the match winner in the dying embers of the game when the duel seemed to be heading for a stalemate.

Coached by former Ghana internationals, C.K. Akunnor and Nii Odartey Lamptey, Wise started the game on a flashy note, keeping the homesters' goal area boiling to the chagrin of the sparse crowd that had thronged the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.

Kotoko came into the picture on a few occasions but they could not do justice to the decent chances that came their way, bringing the first half to a draw.

Back from recess, Wise continued their dominance especially in midfield and opened scoring in the 60th minute when Jeff Aryee scrambled the ball into the net.

Kotoko accepted the challenge, piling incessant pressure on the visitors, which resulted in the equalizer a few minutes later via Daniel Nii Adjei's volley.

Then on, the game became balanced, with both teams switching play from one end of the field to another.

When the referee was about to bring proceedings to an end, Winfred Dormon capitalized on the weak Kotoko defence to punish the Champions in injury time.

Others scores
Tema Youth- 2    Hearts of Oak- 1
RTU- 1   Heart of Lions- 3
Liberty- 0   King Faisal-1
Hasaacas- 1  Ashgold- 0
From I.F. Joe Awuah, Kumasi