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Kotoko crowned champions

Kumasi, June 1, GNA – Asante Kotoko have been crowned champions for the 2013/2014 First Capital Plus Premier League season after holding arch-rivals, Hearts of Oak to a goalless draw on Sunday.

Kumasi, June 1, GNA – Asante Kotoko have been crowned champions for the 2013/2014 First Capital Plus Premier League season after holding arch-rivals, Hearts of Oak to a goalless draw on Sunday.

      ​The Porcupine Warriors, who came into the match as un-crowed champions, having already won the league with two matches to spare went into frenzy soon after they were presented with the giant trophy.
​      George Afriyie, an Executive Member of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), was on hand to present the trophy and assisted by the Professional League Board (PLB) Chairman,  Welbeck Abra Appiah, after the Porcupine Warriors had taken their medals.
      ​The results was the 36th time the two had drawn in their hundredth meeting in the 56-year old history of organized football in the country.
  ​For Kotoko, winning their 23rd league title would have been better celebrated had they carried the day, but a determined Hearts’ side put a brave performance to share the spoils.
    ​The hard-fought encounter saw the Phobians deploy a 4-4-2 formation, a strategy that nearly paid off in the initial stages, but a resolute Kotoko defence gave a good account of themselves to keep the marauding Hearts’ attack at bay.
    ​Kotoko’s goalie, Joseph Addo was forced to make two brilliant saves in the 20th and 24th minutes, putting to safety goal attempts by Hearts’ Selassie Adjei and Emmanuel Hayford respectively.
      ​Soon after this, the Porcupine Warriors broke loose in a counter-attack, a move that saw Seidu Bancey’s header to a Ben Adama in-swinger missing the target narrowly.
      ​The match from thereon became more robust and with few minutes to end the first session, Hearts’ Ivorian import, Robin Gnagne got seriously injured and had to be rushed to hospital after he clashed with Kotoko’s Abdul Yussif.
      ​The second half resumed still on a robust note, and it was not until the 65th minute that saw Kotoko come up with glorious opportunity with Richard Mpong almost hitting the target, but his close range shot was parried to safety by Hearts’ goalie, Tetteh Luggard.
    ​Hayford should have scored for the visitors on 67 minutes as his shot from a defensive blunder was cleared off the goal-line by the Kotoko defence.
​With the two teams tightening their midfield, the game in the latter stages became scrappy and it came as no surprise as the encounter ended in a draw.

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