Kotoko started their G-6 title defence with an emphatic 3-0 win over Bechem United on Monday evening at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium. In many ways, Wednesday’s 3-0 spanking of Bechem United was the team’s lovely way of welcoming new chairman, Dr. Kwame Kyei.
Favourites to retain their trophy, the Porcupines dominated the game from start to finish and ended up reducing the FA Cup holders to nothing courtesy goals from Emmanuel Gyamfi in the 18th minute, Obed Owusu in the 67th minute and Amos Frimpong in the 84th minute.
Coach Michael Osei gave playing opportunities to two trial players, Ivorian centre back, Conne Jean Marcillin and central midfielder, Prince Acquah. Michael’s men looked superior indeed.
The Porcupines could however not utilise their first chance when Kwame Boateng shot off target from inside the penalty box, despite having a clear view at goal in the early minutes.
With the sparse crowd backing them with full voice, Kotoko attacked from the right and Sarfo Gyamfi after exchanging passes with Amos Frimpong to play out markers Moro Salifu and Eric Owusu, provided a perfect cross to locate Emmanuel Gyamfi inside the penalty box.
The winger finished perfectly by launching a left footed first touch volley which sent the ball straight into the top corner of the far post after 18 minutes. With Bechem United’s striker, Ahmed Toure reduced to mere passenger in the game, the visitors recorded no shot on target except a feeble kick by the Ivorian in the 31st minute which goalkeeper Felix Annan saved.
Kotoko tightened up their grip on the game in the second half when Obed Owusu completed Amos Frimpong’s surging run with a perfect header from inside the penalty box amidst stiff challenge from Yaw Arnol and Alfred Nelson.
At this stage, Kotoko turned more dominant thanks to substitute, Dauda Mohammed who had replaced Kwame Boateng shortly before the hour mark, to continue the former’s terrorising runs in attack.
With six minutes to full time, Duada Mohammed was illegally stopped in the box by Yaw Abotsi and Referee Issaka Afful rightfully gave a penalty kick which Amos Frimpong converted nicely to put the icing on the three-star performance on the night.
Kotoko’s next game is against 2015/16 Premier League champions, Wa All Stars at the Baba Yara Stadium on Thursday.
Kotoko: Felix Annan, Amos Frimpong, Eric Donkor, Ahmed Adams, Conne Jean Marcillin, Edwin Tuffour, Frank Sarfo Gyamfi/Alex Acheampong, Prince Aquah, Kwame Boateng/Dauda Mohammed, Obed Owusu/Isaac Quansah, Emmanuel Gyamfi. Bench: Ernest Sowah, Atta Kusi, Idan Conney, Abeiku Ainooson.
Bechem United: Lawrence Osei, Asante Agyeman, Eric Owusu, Moro Salifu/Joseph Amoah, Alfred Nelson/Owusu Amoah, Solomon Mensah/Nana Antwi Manu, Yaw Arnol, Akoto Danso, Yaw Abotsi, Ahmed Toure, Sadic Abubakar.
Bench: Bernard Sebe, Akwasi Acheampong, Abednego Tetteh.