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MATCH REPORT: Tier I NC Cup finals- Kotoko edge out Karela on penalties to secure CAFCL spot

Asante Kotoko emerged winners of the maiden Normalization committee Special cup after beating Karela on penalty shootout.

Karela gave Fabulous a run for their money after breaking the deadlock in the 50th minute until Abdul Fatawu equalized lately to restore parity.

The Nzema boys started the game on a high note at half time, creating descent opportunities but failed to make it count.

Kotoko responded with their notable dominant play at the Baba Yaara Sports stadium, but both side ended the game in a goalless draw after first proceedings.

Karela speedster Emnanuel Osei Baffour inside Kotoko’s final third swerved the ball gently at the back of goalkeeper Osei Kwame to give his side the lead.

The Porcupine Warriors fortified their way back to leveled the game 1-1 in the 71st minute when Abdul Fatawu Safiu converted from the spot after he was brought down in the penalty yard.

Amos Frimpong missed from a sitter that could have handed Kotoko the lead.
Again the defender who was deployed as a defensive midfielder had 89th minute goal disallowed by referee Latif Adaari who whistled for a hanball until the game heads to penalties.

Karela squandered their first two strikes until Godfred Yeboah restored hope in the third kick.

Kotoko trio Ismail Ganiyu, Daniel Darkwa Abdul Fatawu converted magnificently to enhance kotoko 3-1 lead.

Naby Keita finally scored the winning kick after Osei Kwame heroic display, saving two penalties for Kum Apem on the day.

Confirmed; Asante Kotoko will represent Ghana in the next edition of the Caf Champions League after crowning champions of the novelty NC Special cup competition.

They become the first and foremost club in the history of Ghana to win this maiden tournament.

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