Asante Kotoko held to 1-1 draw by Karela United in matchweek three

Asante Kotoko held to 1-1 draw by Karela United in matchweek three: Ghana News
Asante Kotoko vs Karela United

's quest for their first win of the season continues as they were held to an intense 1-1 draw by in their matchweek three clash at the on Sunday. The Porcupines managed to salvage a point with a 90th-minute strike by Baba Yahaya in a match that left fans with mixed emotions.

The game started with Karela United breaking the deadlock just eight minutes in, courtesy of former Kotoko attacker Evans Adomako, who capitalized on a defensive lapse to punish his former team. Adomako took advantage of a mishandled ball by Henry Ansu to dash into the penalty box and score.

However, Adomako's goal celebration was short-lived, as he suffered a head injury in a collision with Ansu, resulting in an early exit from the game.

Asante Kotoko stepped up their performance after conceding the goal, launching several attacks that were repelled by Karela United's defense. Coach Prosper Ogum made a crucial substitution in the 39th minute, bringing on Baba Yahaya in an attempt to level the score before halftime.

Yahaya initiated a promising move, but Eric Zeze missed a clear opportunity to equalize, much to the disappointment of the home fans.

Despite Kotoko's determined efforts to level the score before the break, referee Robert Musey brought the first half to a close.

The second half saw Karela United coming close to extending their lead, hitting the woodwork in one of their attacks. As the match reached its final 20 minutes, Kotoko appeared uninspired, struggling to break through Karela's defense.

In the 90th minute, Baba Yahaya revived Kotoko's hopes with a powerful strike from outside the box, finding the back of the net. Despite nine minutes of additional time indicated by referee Musey, Kotoko failed to secure the maximum three points.

The draw leaves Asante Kotoko in the 17th position on the league table, with only one point more than Medeama, who have a pending match due to their continental competition commitments.

Kotoko's campaign so far has been challenging, and fans expressed disappointment at the team's performance. Accusations were leveled at the management for recruiting players deemed below Kotoko's standards. The team now faces the task of turning their season around and seeking their first victory.

By Yussif Ibrahim: Editing by Adewale Adejoke

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