The battle line has finally been drawn in the Normalisation Committee Special Competition tier I. We have the two finalist now who will be challenging each other for the CAF Champions League final spot.
The Semi final pairings were honoured yesterday in two different centres with the teams that finished top of both zone A and B playing as the home teams. Hearts of Oak hosted rivals Asante Kotoko in Accra in the first Semi final game and the Miners, Ashantigold also welcomed Karela United FC in Obuasi.
Semi final 1, Hearts of Oak 1-1 Asante Kotoko (4-5 on penalties).
Captain Amos Frimpong sealed everything for the Porcupine Warriors yesterday after stepping up to convert the winning kick when Mohammed Alhassan has already had his effort goes off the goal post in the Phobians last spot kick of the game.
The Kumasi based side started the game very well after breaking the deadlock just after five minutes from the blast of the whitsel thanks to Abdul Fataw Safiu.
It was a fantastic build up Kotoko initiated from the centre circle of which Fataw was picked just behind the edge of the box, he saw goalkeeper Ben Mensah having most of his body on the right side so intelligently he struck the ball to the buttom left corner to put Kotoko in front.
Hearts of Oak tried everything possible to get back on level but all proved futile. Half time score, 0-1 in favour of the away team. In the second half, Asante Kotoko didn’t open up, they were just sitting at the back watching their opponents knowing very well how harm an early equaliser will do them.
However, the Phobians never gave up, they kept on running at Kotoko. They took the game to them and piled a lot of pressure with forward Kofi Kordzi who nearly got the equaliser but his effort missed the poles with just an inch. When everybody thought Kotoko were winning, Hearts were awarded a late penalty in the last moments of the game, Christopher Bonney made no mistake after converting to level the score for the Phobians. Full time score, 1-1.
Game travelled straight to Penalties with Kotoko scoring all their five spot kicks. Kotoko won 5-4 on penalties at the end to advance to the final.
Elsewhere in Obuasi, it was a very difficult game between Ashgold and Karela. A late winner from youngster, Diawisie Taylor in the 90+4 minutes sealed the victory for the Nzema base side, exactly what they wanted.
All is now set for the final of the Normalisation Committee Special competition tier I. Game comes off at the Ohene Gyan Stadium between Asante Kotoko S.C and Karela United FC.
By: Iddriss Abdul Rahim/Eblaradio.com