By Ameenu Shardow
Officials of Asante Kotoko claim Laryea Kingstonâ€™s sending off in the big Ghanaian derby was pre-meditated.
The experienced midfielder was sent off just minutes into the second half for a bad tackle on defender Baba Abdul Rahman.
The Phobians where at the battling to draw level when Kingston rightly received his marching orders.
But Kotokoâ€™s administrative manager Ben Nti says the sending off was as a result of serious psychological planning before the game.
â€œThere are things we asked Rahman to do which drew the red card,â€ he told Kumasi-based Angel FM.
â€œWe call it Laryeaâ€™s Hearts of Oath not of Oak. It is all psychological which was planned and it worked to perfection.
â€œWe sat here and told supporters Laryea will get a red card, this is not juju, it is merely psychological.
â€œWe want to prove that in football psychology plays a major role. We invested so much to ensure the players were well psyched ahead of the tie and disabuse their minds of primitive ways.
â€œOtherwise I am sure no one would have believed we will be able to restore our lead just moments after they (Hearts) scored.â€
The win sees the Porcupine Warriors extend their lead at the summit of the Ghanaian top flight to twelve points with just six games left to go.