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#GFASC- ASANTE KOTOKO BOOKS FINAL WITH KARELA WITH WIN OVER HEARTS OF OAK

Asante Kotoko edged out Hearts of Oak on penalties to set up a Grand Final date with Karela United. The Porcupines scored all 5 kicks with the homesters scoring 4 of theirs. Both sides won away from home as the quest for topspot in the  League and Champions League football goes on. 


In a dramatic semi final encounter in Accra,  the away side took the lead with 5 minutes of the game played. The attacking duo of Naby Keita and Abdul Safiu combined beautifully as Safiu scored his 10th goal of the tournament.  Hearts huffed and puffed with the away side winning the opening half. 

The introduction of Kofi Kordzi saw Hearts of Oak torment the penalty box of Kotoko.  Solid as they stood, Asante Kotoko's defensive line was finally breached when Christopher Bonney scored with barely the last kick of the game. Late into injury time in the second half,  the Phobians won a penalty which the right back kicked past Danlad calmly to set up a penalty kick decider.  

With 4 spot kicks each converted,  it was about who was going to miss. Hearts of Oak 's Mohammed Alhassan struck the metal work giving Amos Frimpong the honor to secure a place in the Final for Kotoko. 

In the other semifinal clash, Nzema based, Karela United found a late winner at the Len Clay Stadium. The miners who were yet to even draw a game at home in the competition were stunned late into the game by talented forward, Diawisie Taylor.  

Diawisie had been close to his 10th goal of the season having hit the metal frame earlier on.  Karela's Isaac Hagan also put up superb saves in the second period of the game  to deny the Miners a goal.

Karela just like Hearts of Oak were dumped out of the Tier 2 competition with loses to First Division sides, Nzema Kotoko and UniStar Academy. Ashantigold will now turn their attention to a spot for Confederations Cup football with a semifinal clash in Accra with Asante Kotoko on Wednesday.  
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