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June 14th 2009- Francis Coffie breaks 16 year old jinx as Kotoko downs Hearts

In most football games, home games look the most likely to win. Home fans fill up the grounds and in one big chorus they cheer on their own. This provides the needed cutting edge to swing victory in their favour regardless of how tough it looks like. 

How about winning away from home? Many an Arsenal fan can relate to this since they had to wait till the last day of the English Premier League season to record one in the year 2018. Most importantly winning an away game against your bitterest rivals? Same Arsenal fans can tell after that Aaron Ramsey winner at Old Trafford in 2009. You don't get to win away from home against your rivals most often. 

No matter how brief footballing memories may be, some wins will always be remembered.

(From left to right)- Appiah, Inkoom, Asamoah and Agyemang Louis 
Asante Kotoko had began the 2008/9 season with a lot of expectations when Maurice Cooreman was brought in from Enyimba to train the kumasi based club. The club were doing well domestically and needed a lift on the continental stage. The Belgian had a pretty good start to life in Kumasi until he lost to Hearts which saw his stay cut short. 

His decision to start Charles Boateng ahead of fan favorite Godfred Yeboah sparked talks in the home crowd. The win was Hearts' first in Kumasi in 10 years of asking. 

His assistant Isaac Boateng held the forth until the now late, Coach Herbert Addo joined the fray permanently though on a short deal. The former Hearts trainer guided the club to a second spot on the league losing out on just 3 points to eventual league winners, Hearts.

In all of Asante Kotoko's steady rise under the trainer, their 22nd round win over Hearts at the Ohene Djan Stadium was eye catching. On 14th June, 2009, Kotoko won their first away game away to Hearts after 16 unsuccessful years of trying. 

Going into the game, Kotoko were an improved side with Hearts having an impressive season under Kosta Papic. Coach Addo set out his midfield quartet of Coffie, Akwaffo, Jordan and Nii Adjei to deal with Obed Ansah, Bossman, Esme Mends and Abagna. Obed and Bossman had run the show for the Phobians in the Kumasi clash and needed to be outclassed.

With the stadium almost filled up, the home fans had a day to regret. Once Bossman and Obed failed to live up to the billing, they were replaced by Tawrick Jibril and Charles Taylor. The duo didn't make their presence count as Hearts lost the game with less than 15 minutes of play time left. 

Coach Herbert's decision to inject some pace and strength into the game worked perfectly as the introduction of Alex Asamoah and Kwabena Yaro created some uneasiness in the Hearts backline. Kotoko hadn't  won at this venue to Hearts since they last did in 1993.

In no time, Francis Coffie spotted this uneasiness and cleverly won a foul off Hearts' Captain, Hassan Mohammed. Coffie soared highest to nod home Harrison Afful's resulting kick into the near post. Goalkeeper Philemon McCarthy was rooted to his spot. Revenge succeeded, record broken. 

Kotoko held on to clinch not only the maximum points at stake but also the confidence to fight for the league trophy. They finished the season only a spot behind Hearts who won the league after a somewhat bad start to the season. 

This win paved the way for another win over Hearts at the same grounds the season after. Goals from Nii Adjei and Amed Toure did the double check. 
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