Kumasi Asante Kotoko emerged winners the 2016 GHALCA President’s Cup that took place at the Accra Sports Stadium Friday afternoon.
Kotoko beat sworn rivals Accra Hearts of Oak 3-2 on penalty shootouts after a scoreless battle in 90 minutes of the game used to commemorate Ghana’s Republic day.
This was the third time the two teams were meeting in the President’s Cup (2005 and 2015) and Kotoko ensured they revenged the Phobians as the former lost out on the cup last year.
The Kumasi based side started the game on a high note with forward Dauda Mohammed robbing Robin Gagne off the ball and creating a goal-scoring opportunity but Obed Owusu narrowly missed.
Kotoko created other chances but failed to make the best of it in the game. Accra Hearts of Oak, after settling down, also created some descent chances through their new boy Patrick Razak but he also failed to get a goal for Hearts of Oak.
The game travelled to a penalty shoot outs after the ninety minutes ended.
Hearts of Oak skipper Robin Gagne and Ollenu Ashittey converted their spot kicks but his other team mates Ibrahim Musah, Paul Acquah and Patrick Razak missed on their turns.
On the part of Kotoko Evans Quao and Emmanuel Osei scored on their chances but both Eric Donkor and Samuel Kyere missed their chances on the penalty kicks.
Captain Amos Frimpong ensured his side won on the day after he scored his penalty kick making it 3-2 on that day for the Porcupine Warriors.
This is the second time Kotoko has won over the Phobians this year. They had met already this season with the Porcupines triumphing by a narrow goal over the Phobians in Accra in the 2015/16 Ghana Premier League on May 2.