Asante Kotoko’s dreams of climbing top of the Ghana Premier League were dashed by Aduana Stars as the Porcupine Warriors suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Fire Boys in a late kick off on Sunday.
In a game totally dominated by the Porcupine Warriors Paa Kwesi Fabin’s boys snatched the winner 16 minutes from the end as Samuel Bioh sunk a dagger into the heart of the Kotoko fraternity.
Kotoko coach Johnson Smith started Brazilian Fabio Gama, Kwame Opoku as well as Christopher Nettey whilst Aduana Stars had the experienced Emmanuel Akuoko, Sam Adams, Yahaya Mohammed and Tijani Joshua in their squad.
Kotoko went into the game bearing in mind that a win could propel them to the summit of the league table and inspired by a strong first half performance which should have produced a win for them in the opening 45 minutes.
Kwame Opoku, Nettey, Ibrahim Imoro and Samuel Frimpong were all presented with good chances to put Kotoko ahead but they squandered their chances in the two halves.
Aduana however relied on patience and bidding time – Fabin’s tactics was to allow Kotoko play all the lavish football with a teething high-line while they waited to catch them on the break.
During the interval Ghanaian rapper Michael Owusu Addo popularly known as Sarkodie surprised the Kotoko players in their dressing room to urge them but that did not turn out good for the Porcupine Warriors as Aduana stole the win in the latter minutes of the game.
In the 74th minute Samuel Bioh welcomed a deflected header inside the Kotoko area as he blasted home a fierce drive that beat Razak Abalora in the Kotoko post.
The famous win has help Aduana Stars to beat Kotoko for the first time in an away game in their history.
While Kotoko have dropped to fifth place on the ladder Aduana have climbed to second spot.