Ghana Premier League leaders Kumasi Asante Kotoko were surprised by Elmina Sharks in their week 16 clash at Elmina as the Porcupine Warriors efforts to extend their lead at the top took a u-turn.
Elmina Sharks sprung a surprise in the Ghana Premier League week 16 encounter by condemning league leaders Asante Kotoko to a 2 – 1 defeat at Elmina
The Porcupine Warriors scored first through Dickson Afoakwa but the Sharks pulled parity with two minutes of the first half left to play through Ebenezer Boadi who headed in Mustapha Alhaji’s cross.
Sharks got a penalty after Ibrahim Imoro tripped an opponent in the box that got him sent off. Mustapha Alhaji had his first kick saved by Danlad Ibrahim but the assistant referee flagged for an infringement against the goalkeeper and the referee ordered a retake.
Mustapha Alhaji made no mistakes this time around by sending the keeper the wrong to net Elmina’s second goal of the day which took them into the lead.
Kotoko had a chance to salvage a point in the dying embers of the game when Elmina Sharks defender handled Frank Etouga’s shot in the box and the referee pointed to the spot. The Cameroonian stepped up to correct his mistakes after he was earlier denied by Essam when he pulled a ferocious strike from outside the box.
However, just as he had done the entire match, Essam stood his ground against the potent Cameroonian hitman and saved the spot-kick to save the day for the league’s bottom club against the high-flying league leaders.
Elmina Sharks will be confident of turning their league fortunes around following the win over the Porcupine Warriors and would fancy their revival chances when they travel to face Accra Great Olympics in Accra on Sunday. Kotoko meanwhile will be at home to Accra Lions a day before.