In the betPawa Premier League’s match week nine, Asante Kotoko put on yet another dismal game at home, losing 0-1 to visiting Dreams FC at Baba Yara Stadium.
Their winless streak now stands at four games, both at home and away, following their first home loss of the season.
The Porcupine Warriors put on yet another terrible performance that fell well short of the Kotokostandard on a day when the majority of supporters had anticipated the club to get back to winning ways in order to narrow the growing deficit at the top of the log.
Some of the home crowd could not resist occasionally cheering Dreams FC in an attempt to get even with the Kotoko players, whose play left them furious all through the game.
In the fourth minute, Dreams FC struck first as Sheriff Mohammed gave up control and Johnson Oppong crashed home a powerful 30-yard shot.
After ten minutes, Oppong almost broke the tie again as he raced into the box after easily handling two Kotoko defenders, but Danlad Ibrahim stopped his last shot.
Dreams FC controlled play in every area and delivered during the opening fifteen minutes, making them the more favourable team.
Dreams FC controlled play in every area and produced three good chances in the first fifteen minutes, making them the more competitive team.
After twenty minutes, Kotoko made a solid entrance into the match with a string of well-executed strikes repelled by the defence of the visitors.
Their best chance came in the twenty-fourth minute when Peter Amidu Acquah chipped the ball over the charging goalkeeper after stealing it from an opponent, just missing the mark by a few inches.
With ten minutes remaining in the first half, the Porcupines pushed more players forward in an attempt to score the game’s first goal, continuing to command play.
Unfortunately, it was Abdul Aziz Issah of the visitors who broke the tie against the run of play with a masterful free-kick conversion right beyond the box.
Danlad had no response for Issah’s fierce shot, which sailed directly into the upper right corner of the post, absolutely overwhelming him.
Eric Zeze’s carpet shot missed the mark as Kotoko quickly countered with a fast attack started from the middle. Referee Robert Musey stopped the play, but Dreams bravely defended their goal and went into halftime with their narrow advantage intact.
When the game resumed, coach Prosper Nartey Ogum made two substitutions: he brought in Bernard Somuah for Kalou Quatara and Enoch Morrison for Peter Amidu Acquah.