League champions Berekum Chelsea completed a
hat-trick of victories over Kumasi Asante Kotoko FC when the beat them
8-7 on penalties to win the 2011 Presidentís Cup.
The match held at the Accra Sports Stadium to climax the nationís
51st Republican anniversary celebrations ended on an anticlimax note
after the Asante Kotoko team walked off before the presentation
The negative reaction of the Kotoko team was after Tamale-based
referee Awal Mohammed ordered two penalty kicks by Arsenal duo, Yaw
Alexander and Alfred Arthur to be retaken, insisting that the Kotoko
goalie Soulama Abdoulaye came off his line before both kicks were
Earlier, the Kotoko team threatened to walkout after Chelseaís
Alfred Arthurís kick was ordered to be retaken following the keeperís
move from the goal line, thus halting play for close to five minutes
before the Porcupine Warriors rescinded their decision following the
intervention by some high ranking officials includi8ng the Vice
President John Mahama.
When calm was restored, Arthur scored on the second attempt
before Jackson Owusu, Abdul Basit Mohammed and Adams Ahmed also found
target for Chelsea whilst Prince Anokye missed for Kotoko with Ahmed
Toure and Frank Boateng hitting the back of the net for the Porcupine
The match ended 2-2 in regulation time with Chelsea leading 2-1
at half time before substitute Fatau Mohammed restored parity mid-way
through the second half.
Alex Asamoah shot Kotoko into the lead on 20 minutes only for
Chelseaís new recruit Gladson Awako, formerly of Kpando Heart of Lion
to draw even two minutes later.
On 35 minutes, Bismark Idan fired Chelsea into the lead for the
first time before the tie was evened in the second half forcing the
game into penalties.
This is the third time Chelsea had beaten Kotoko this season
after home and away victories in the Premier League.
Vice President John Mahama presented the trophy to Chelseaís
captain Abdul Basit amidst chants from the rest of the playing body
and technical team even
in the absence of the Kotoko team who walked out on in apparent protests.
Source: GNA / Ghana
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