Asante Kotoko recorded their biggest win so far this season by hammering Bechem United 4-0 in a match-day 16 outstanding fixture Wednesday afternoon.
Heading into their first game at their new borrowed home – the Len Clay Stadium in Obuasi, the Porcupines had scored more than one goal in the 2020/21 Ghana Premier League (GPL) only twice.
Led by new boss Mariano Barreto in the dugout also for the first time, Kotoko produced a quadruple of goals through Ismail Ganiyu, Fabio Gama as well as new boys Andy Kumi Francis and Michael Vinicius.
It was centre-back Ganiyu who set the tone with a bullet strike after a free-kick was smartly taken short by midfielder Fabio Gama in the 12th minute.
Kotoko continued to dominate and created more chances but had to wait until a minute from recess when Augustine Okrah laid a pass to Gama inside the box and the Brazilian finished off with his favourite left foot.
Bechem were off-colour almost all game and struggled to even manage a shot on target.
But the Porcupines, despite their slow style of play, would not put their foot off the pedal as new acquisition Andy Kumi Francis – who was making his first start – head home the third goal right on the hour mark.’
Kotoko had their second Brazilian import Michael Vinicius also eased into the game for his debut in the 80th minute.
And it took him his second touch of the ball and a little over two minutes of his introduction to open his goal account and complete the 4-0 thrashing.
The Hunters came close to finding a consolation goal twice but Steven Owusu and Emmanuel Annor surprisingly blasted high from close range.
Asante Kotoko’s Fabio Gama was adjudged NASCO man-of-the-match.
The victory sends Kotoko back into third spot in the 2020/21 Ghana Premier League standings with 31 points after 18 matches played.
📸🗣| 2020/21 GPL Standings after clearance of week 16 outstanding fixture.@AsanteKotoko_SC climb to third position.
Top4 outlook after 18 games:
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