Berekum Chelsea end Kotoko's unbeaten record

Berekum Chelsea

Goals from Eric Bekoe and Jordan Opoku were enough to end Asante Kotoko’s astonishing 11-game unbeaten run at Berekum Chelsea on Sunday. 

The hosts thoroughly dominated the first half of the game and deservedly went up 1-0 after 24 minutes through striker Eric Bekoe.

The 26-year-old  who won the Premier League’s Goal King award in 2008 while with Kotoko delightfully placed his shot first time after being put through clean on goal by strike partner Latif Salifu.

It was Bekoe’s only second goal of the season which ironically came against the other most glamorous club in Ghana after opening his Premier League goal scoring account against Hearts of Oak in the Week 5 fixture.

The Blues went on to boss the remainder of the first half with the champions hardly getting a sniff at goal.

Their misery was however compounded four minutes to recess as another ex Asante Kotoko player Jordan Opoku ghosted his way in behind to a connect to a poor free kick to grab Chelsea’s second.

Defender Yaw Frimpong should take part of the blame for the second goal for failing to sense the simmering threat of the crafty midfielder.

The goal saw an immediate response from the Kotoko bench as coach Mas-Ud Dramani effected his first change on the stroke of halftime.

Striker Kofi Nti-Boakye however had very little time to affect the game before halftime after coming on for Nafiu Iddrissu who had been a mere passenger throughout the first half.

Kotoko however upped their game in the second and should have gotten a goal back 7 minutes into the second half.

But midfielder Issah Yakubu shockingly shot way over the bar from just 10 yards out.

That miss however spurred the Porcupine Warriors on as they impressively retained possession but were unable to create clean and clear goal scoring opportunities.

Kotoko then went one-man down when Kwaben Edusei was shown a second yellow card for a rash tackle on striker Eric Bekoe.

The champions despite their surge in the second half hardly threatened the home side who held on quiteimpressively for the vital home win.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Richie Nel says:

    It is only Hearts Of Oak who has played an entire league season unbeaten (2003). No team can achieve this feat in Ghana.

  2. Dr Who says:

    In the whole wide world,it is only Hearts of Oak who played a league with an unbeaten record but yet failed to win the league trophy.

  3. yawa says:

    Yes,but they are bragging about it.

  4. Kpogas says:

    And now where is your Hearts? Are they not playing some now? Can’t they do that again with even their professional player inclusive now? Or have name of the team played at that time changed? Still KOTOKO!

  5. Carbonite says:

    Jordan and Eric must be the HAPPIEST folks on earth now! what a payback time for Kotoko! You reap what you sow. In this day and age while your contemporaries back in the 60′s and 70′s (TP and co) are buying quality players and competing with the best on the continent, your target is beating Tema Youth and co to the extent that you can’t even afford Nii Adjei, I’m sorry but you folks are a disgrace!!!! I mean A BIG DISGRACE!! not for this loss but the extent to which you have allowed Kototo to degenerate.

    Sometime back I remember, reading a news item according Kotoko the honours of being the 2nd best club of the century – well true, but I’m afraid, with the way things are turning now, fast forward the next 20 years and Kotoko will NOT even be among the best 100 in Africa, yes not even in the best 100. Its a shame, a big shame!

    I am sad, very sad, again not for this loss but for everything, it has gotten to the point where a coach of Kotoko wins the league and all of sudden, it is news and huge feat worthy of National accolade!!!!, much like the Amidaus winning the league! Oh my God! for Christ sake this is Kotoko and winning the league shouldn’t have been a big deal!! but I am wrong, our team has become as ordinary as any other team, that the league trophy even means more to us than it means to King Faisal ever winning it!

    I understand we last won the African cup in 1982? Did they say 1982? the only incident I remember in 1982 was that my mom was NO where near conceiving me!!!

    disgraceful team!

  6. boakye says:

    Carbonite l don’t think you are a kotoko fan.Because you are disgrace to your family.You are a BIG FOOL

  7. Nana Kwadwo says:

    Berekum Chelsea came bearing gifts as they defeated Asante Kotoko 2-0 on Sunday at the Golden City Park to go top of the standings.

    And it was former Kotoko striker Eric Bekoe, who put the Porcupine Warriors to the sword, scoring both goals to end their 11-game unbeaten run in the Glo Premier League.

    The striker scored both goals before the interval as his first came after 22 minutes before scoring again a minute before halftime.

    The defeat, Kotoko’s first of the season leave them sitting at the fifth position and dents their title defence at least for now.

    Kotoko are five points behind Chelsea on the standings with three matches to end the first round.

    Source: Ghanafa.org

    Please, were both goals scored by Eric Berkoe or E. Berkoe and J. Opoku? G.F.A says Berkoe and G.S.N too says Berkoe and Jordan.

  8. GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

    BLAME ALL OF KOTOKO’S WOES ON DR. KK SARPONG. THAT GUY IS SLOWLY RUINING THE CLUB

  9. GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

    BLAME ALL OF KOTOKO’S WOES ON DR. KK SARPONG. THAT GUY IS SLOWLY RUINING THE CLUB. KOTOKO NEED RASHID SUMAILA. THEY CANT ALLOW HIM TO PLAY IN THE AFCON TOURNAMNT, AT LEAST NOT NOW. WAS THE KOTOKO COACH OUTCOACHED OR WAT? WHO WATCHED THE GAME?