Striker Emmanuel Clottey’s late free kick gave Berekum Chelsea a last gasp equalizer against Asante Kotoko at the Golden city park on Sunday.
The former Ghana Premier League top scorer rolled back the years to deliver a stupendous free kick from the edge of the box to beat substitute goalkeeper Kwame Baah in post for Asante Kotoko.
The free kick zoomed into the roof of the net to break the hearts of many Kotoko fans who were praying for a win. The porcupine Warriors scored in the first half through Kwame Poku and were kept in the game by goalkeeper Felix Annan.
The defensive quartet of Kotoko, Christopher Nettey, Imoro Ibrahim, Habib Mohammed and Abdul Ganiyu Ismael deserve credit for stopping Chelsea’s deadly front three consisting, Stephen Amankona, Stephen Sarfo and Mohammed Gonji.
Poku scored from close range on 25 minutes at the Golden City Park.
The Porcupine Warriors kept their composure, sat back by staying compact, allowing the home side to control affairs as Felix Annan dealt with the few onslaughts that were thrown at him.
Coach Maxwell Konadu’s side drew their opener 1-1 with Eleven Wonders at the Accra Sports Stadium in a home fixture and needed the points badly to get their campaign back on track.
Poku could have grabbed a brace before half time but missed from few yards after being put through by winger Emmanuel Gyamfi.
Chelsea coach Hesse Odamtten introduced Jordan Opoku and Emmanuel Clottey in the dying embers of the game to push for the equalizer.
Clottey announced his presence with a delicious free kick which was heavily forced back into play by goalkeeper Annan for the Kotoko but the defenders were on alert to avert the situation.
Felix Annan pulled another spectacular save in the 69th minute after finger tipping Captain Amankona’s header.
The win for Kotoko was dented by the injury to goalkeeper Annan who was at the receiving end in the final seven minutes of the game.
The result leaves Asante Kotoko with two points from a possible six heading into their next game against Great Olympics in Accra.
Mohamed Habib of Asante Kotoko was named the Nasco Man of the match.