Kumasi Asante Kotoko beat Karela United 4-1 on penalties to win the Tier one of the Normalisation Committee Special Competition final held in Kumasi.
The porcupine warriors had earlier defeated Accra Hearts of Oak in the semi final 5-4 on penalties – after the game ended 1-1- to qualify for the final.
They however had to do it the tough way as Karela proved early on in the game that they were no pushovers. The boys from Anyinase had overcome many big names on their road to the final and it was no surprise that they started the first half the better side. Not even the 40,000 fans in red could intimidate them as they showed the courage of a team twice their size and played as though they were in their own turf.
They couldn’t break the deadlock though and went into the interval with either side not scoring.
They began the second half the same way they ended the first and soon got the lead through Emmanuel Osei Baffour in the 50th minute.
Kotoko fought back and made 3 changes with Sogne Yacouba amongst the names being introduced. The Kotoko number 10 had missed the semi final due to injury but was fit to play in the final.
Kotoko eventually got the equaliser after Abdul Fatawu Safiu levelled from the spot after a controversial penalty was awarded them.
After the goal, Kotoko had the best opportunities to score with Amos Frimpong squandering a brilliant opportunity first, before having a goal dissallowed. The game went to peanlties.
After Kotoko goalkeeper Osei Kwame made two saves, the onus fell on Burkinabe Naby Keita to win it for Kotoko. The striker made no mistake and slotted home to win Kotoko the trophy.
This win also means that Kotoko will be playing in the CAF Champions League next season.