Kotoko used experience to beat Hearts – Sarfo Duku

Published on: 17 June 2019

Communications Director for Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Lawyer Sarfo Duku has indicated that the Porcupine Warriors used their experience to beat Hearts of Oka yesterday when the two teams met in the semi-final of the tier 1 of the GFA Normalization Committee Special Competition.

Kotoko defeated their arch-rivals, Hearts 5:4 on penalties in a nerve-racking shoot out in Accra.

A 4th-minute goal by Abdul Fatawu Safiu appeared to be enough to win the match in normal time for Kotoko, but a last-gasp equalizer for Hearts denied Kotoko victory.

The Phobians were awarded a penalty deep in injury time, and Christopher Bonney displayed great composure to slot in the equalizer for Hearts to send the game into the penalty shootout.

Kotoko went on to win 5-4 in the penalty shootout to send them into the grand finale of the tier 1.

Speaking to Asempa FM on the back of yesterday’s victory, Lawyer Sarfo Duku shared that their opponent played well but were no match as far as experience is concerned. According to him, having experienced players in their team helped them beat the Rainbow boys at their own backyard.

“The match was very difficult. Hearts gave a good account of themselves. And rightly so because they have already been booted out of the tier 2 competition and they were hoping to get to the final of the tier 1”.

“They gave us pressure but we used our experienced players to stop their attack and that worked for us to beat them. Even when they drew level I knew when it came to penalties we will be able to use our experience to beat them, he said.

The team has now booked a date with Karela United for the final of the completion which will be played on June 30, 2019.