Strugglers Sharks come from behind to bite high flyers Asante Kotoko

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Strugglers Elmina Sharks came from a goal down to beat league leaders Asante Kotoko 2-1 at the Ndoum Sports Complex.

The two teams came into the game with contrasting records, Elmina Sharks were without a win in 9 league games, losing 8 of those games, whiles Asante Kotoko were unbeaten in 9 league games.

Asante Kotoko after asking more of the questions in the opening minutes of the game went ahead in 38th minute, Dickson Afoakwa tapped the ball into an empty after he was set up by George Mfegue.

The lead lasted for just 5 minutes, Elmina Sharks pulled parity through Ebenezer Boadi. He leapt high to head in a precise delivery from a free-kick by Alhaji Mustapha.

Just minutes into the second half, Elmina Sharks found themselves in dreamland, the referee pointed to the spot for a penalty. Alhaji Mustapha stepped up and took the kick only to see Danland Ibrahim save his effort. However, the referee signaled for a retake after Danland Ibrahim was spotted moving off the line before the penalty was kick.

The aftermath of the bold call saw the referee dish out cards to the Asante Kotoko players, the biggest sufferer was Ibrahim Imoro who was shown a straight red card. Despite the incidents that went on, Alhaji Mustapha calmed his nerves and placed the ball into the net to give his side the lead, 2-1.

Asante Kotoko probed in the remaining minutes of the game and were denied by goalkeeper Joseph Essam in the 73rd minute. He pulled off a good save to deny a pile driver from Ismail Ganiu from hitting the net.

In the final minutes of the game, Asante Kotoko were awarded a spot kick after the ball was handled in the box. Frank Etouga took the resulting kick but his effort was saved by Joseph Essam.

The referee after the penalty save signaled for the close of the game. Asante Kotoko lose only for the second time this season, whiles Elmina Sharks record their first win in 10 games.

Man of the match: Samuel Arthur (Elmina Sharks)

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