Asante Kotoko won the Ghanaian Football Association (FA) Cup Final in Accra on Sunday (12 December) beating Eleven Wise 1-0 after extra time.
GV: Kotoko kick off (in red right to left) PAN TO GV of play.
SV: Kotoko attacking in midfield then Wise attack and Kotoko goalkeeper saves.
SV: Wise kick-off in extra time.
SV: Kotoko attacking and scoring winning goal PAN TO crowd.
SV: cheering crowd.
SV: Kotoko attacking but shot is saved.
Asante Kotoko will now meet Ghana league champion Accra Hearts of Oak in the "Champion of Champions" at a date to be decided.
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Background: Asante Kotoko won the Ghanaian Football Association (FA) Cup Final in Accra on Sunday (12 December) beating Eleven Wise 1-0 after extra time.
SYNOPSIS: When the match started it was the youthful Kotoko side who dominated the early play. They outran the Eleven Wise players -- chasing every ball and competing for everything in the air. The Wise players became unsettled and were unable to play their usual flowing brand of football. Both goalkeepers had little to occupy them during the first 45 minutes, as the defences of both sides kept breaking up attacks.
The Kotoko attack of Opuku Afriyie, Abdul Razak and Agyeman Prepeh led several raids into Wise territory, but their finishing was lacking.
Eventually the Eleven wise midfield headed by Ibrahim Kassum began to make their mark. Showing their maturity and experience, the Wise players bet the ball do the work in building several good attacks down the flanks. However, the first half came to a close as a session of missed opportunities.
The second half continued in much the same manner, with Kotoko trying to outpace their opponents -- using determination as their most effective weapon.
With the match still goalless after 90 minutes, referee Odai signalled that extra time would be played. Wise kicked off for the first period of extra play, but it was during this period that youth began to assert itself. The Kotoko players displayed relentless energy.
The winner goal came in the second minute of extra time. Kyenkyenhene, the Kotoko midfield player, galloped onto a loose ball and passed to his captain Afriyie. Afriyie round two defenders and sent it to Razak who tapped the ball into the net.
Although Eleven Wise threw everything into the match, they couldn't pull back the goal -- and Kotoko finished well on top.