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05.08.2004 Football News

Kotoko Win 4-1

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Kumasi Asante Kotoko went on the rampage at the Kumasi Stadium yesterday, forcing Bofoakwa Tano to succumb to a 4-1 defeat in their special GHALCA knockout contest first leg encounter.The massive victory should serve as a morale booster for Sunday's Africa Confederations Cup encounter with Enugu Rangers of Nigeria.

Even without most of their first choice players, Kotoko were in quite astonishing form, plucking three goals in the first half with their on-and-off Camerounian import, Sandjie Imbola, scoring two of the goals.Imbola, who fought hard in the game fetched the opener six minutes into play when he expertly fired a low grounder after trapping a pass from Michael Osei.

Bofoakwa whose defence leaked badly gave Imbola the leeway to do his own thing in the defence as he fed Frank Osei with a superb back heel to increase the tally to two in the 15th minute before beating an offside trap to make it three for Kotoko in the 21st minute.

Kwame Attram extended Kotoko's streak of goals to four a few minutes after recess in a goalmouth melee, but Issah Abu struggled to pull a consolation for Bofoakwa just a minute after Kotoko's fourth.Bofoakwa reshaped their defence in the second half and made it very difficult for Kotoko to penetrate.

They pulled off Tahiru Abdulai and introduced fresh-limbed Samuel Tawiah and mounted pressure on Kotoko in the half but failed to fetch a goal.The only times they came close to scoring were when Emmanuel Nkrumah and Issah Abu fumbled and hit the woodwork.

Bofoakwa managed to hold Kotoko boot for boot in the half but failed to find the net as their attackers fumbled in front of goal.

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