Asante Kotoko recorded a fourth straight draw in the 2022/23Ghana Premier League (GPL) when they faced Bibiani GoldStars on Monday.
The defending champions headed into the match-day 13 fixture at Dun’s Park looking for their first win after successive stalemates with Aduana FC, Great Olympics and Tamale City, having lost a raft of key players like Enoch Morrison, Richmond Lamptey and Serge Eric Zeze due to suspension.
GoldStars took the game to the visitors creating all the chances but could not find an opening.
And they got punished late on as Kotoko striker Steven Mukkwala benefited from a slip by Empem Dacosta to break the deadlock in the 8th minute of extraafter rounding goalkeeper Joseph Baah.
But the Minersback into the game quite quickly in the second half. Referee Franklin Akumatey controversially awarded them a penalty for a an infringement that should have been given against midfielder Charles Gyamfi Kamara who touched the ball with his left hand.
Goalkeeper Frederick Asare did well to save Ibrahim Larr’s take but Yahaya Adraman reacted quickly to level the scores on the rebound in the 50th minute.
GoldStars were awarded another penalty in the 70th minute when Larr was brought down after finding his way toward goal in between Maxwell Agyemang and Samuel Appiah. But the hosts were denied once more by Asare after new taker Prince Kwabena Owusu chose to fire into the same direction as the first missed penalty.
Neither side could score again as the game travelled through another 8 minutes of stoppage time.
Charles Gyamfi was named man-of-the-match.
Bibiani GoldStars sit 5th with 20 points while Asante Kotoko keep 3rd spot with a point more after 13 games.
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