Hearts of Oak cruised to a 3-1 victory over Asante Kotoko in Accra on May Day.
The encounter which was the first leg of the Ghana 60 years independence anniversary cup organized by government produced no goal in a tensed first half.
But the second 45 minutes recorded all 4 goals. Striker Kwame Kizito who came on for Nigerian-born Cosmos Dauda opened the floodgate in the 66th minute as he capitalized on goalkeeper Felix Annan’s failed attempt to dribble past him. He seized the ball and calmly slotted it into the yawning net.
Kotoko responded quickly with an equalizer two minutes on courtesy an Awal Mohammed header from Michael Akuffo’s well-taken free-kick.
The Phobians soon dominated play and kept probing until yet another moment of miscommunication in the Kotoko defense presented skipper Thomas Abbey a perfect opportunity to blast home and put Hearts back in the lead.
Patrick Razak who had tormented Kotoko all game found the last goal just on the 90th minute after a great dribbling effort by Fatawu Mohammed down the right.
Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo and his vice, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia graced the match. The return leg is slated for May 28 in Kumasi.
Hearts XI: Samuel Akurugu – Fatawu Mohamed, Anthony Nimo, Richard Akrofi, Vincent Atingah, Leonard Tawiah, Patrick Razak, Winful Cobbinah/86’ Samudeen Ibrahim, Cosmos Dauda/59’ Kwame Kizito, Samuel Yeboah/83’ Isaac Mensah, Thomas Abbey
Unused substitutes: Benjamin Mensah, Robert Addo, Daniel Kordie, Paul Acquah
Kotoko XI: Felix Annan, Ahmed Adams, Edwin Tuffour, Awudu Nafiu, Awal Mohammed, Jackson Owusu, Frank Sarfo Gyamfi/56’ Emmanuel Gyamfi, Michael Akuffo/77’ Seth Opare, Prince Acquah, Obed Owusu/79’ Yakubu Mohammed, Abass Mohammed/72’ Kwame Boahene
Unused substitutes: Ernest Sowah, Eric Donkor, Abeiku Ainooson