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23.06.2019 Football News

NC Special Competition: Asante Kotoko Beat Karela United On Penalties To Win Tier 1 Trophy

By Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
NC Special Competition: Asante Kotoko Beat Karela United On Penalties To Win Tier 1 Trophy
JUN 23, 2019 FOOTBALL NEWS

Asante Kotoko have been crowned winners of the Normalisation Committee Special Cup on Sunday after beating Karela United 4-1 on penalties in the final at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.

The Porcupine Warriors rallied to level the scores at 1-1 and sent the match into penalty shootouts.

Emmanuel Osei Baffour gave Kalera United the lead after 50 minutes with a curling shot from inside the penalty box.

But Kotoko fought back and equalized from the spot through Abdul Fatawu Safiu after a player was brought down inside the box.

In the 83rd minute, captain Amos Frimpong squandered a glorious opportunity to put Kotoko in the lead.

Six minutes later, the versatile defender put the ball at the back of the net but it was disallowed by the referee who claimed there was a handball in the build-up to the goal.

Burkinabe striker Naby Keita scored the winning kick after goalkeeper Osei Kwame had saved two of Karela's kicks.

The victory takes Kotoko into next season's CAF Champions League.

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