Kumasi Asante Kotoko played out an entertaining 1-1 draw against rivals Hearts of Oak over the weekend climbing into fourth place in the Ghana Premier League after coming from behind.
After an entertaining first half which ended goalless, Kwame Kizito put the Phobians ahead in the 57th minute and Sadick Adams equalized for Kotoko through a penalty in the 70th minute.
80' Saddick neatly converts to get Kotoko the equaliser. It's 1-1. pic.twitter.com/KNwMeU388v
— Asante Kotoko SC (@AsanteKotoko_SC) August 6, 2017
The Porcupine Warriors needed a controversial penalty call to take a point off Hearts and got it when the referee adjudged the ball to have hit the hand of a Hearts defender.
Hearts star man Cobbinah was not happy saying. “The ref was with them. I will say without thinking twice. The penalty was not a penalty. He (the ref) just wanted to help them. The ref made up his mind to give them at least a point and that is not good for Ghana football.”
After claims that the referee had unduly helped Kotoko, coach Steve Polack said,
“Is it a penalty? It doesn’t matter, the referee has given a penalty, so I can’t say it wasn’t or it was. I just want to say I’m proud of my players, the attitude they showed today especially in the second half.”
“I knew the second half was going to take time after what happened, to get into the game and have a goal. I’m proud of them, the attitude, desire and passion to come back and get a point I am very happy and also I want to thank the supporters. They came out in their hundreds.”