Two quick goals by Aduana Stars marksman Bernard Dong Bortey within five minutes further deepened the woes of Kumasi Asante Kotoko in their 10th week Glo Premier League thriller at Dormaa-Ahenkro, yesterday.
Bortey, who was a thorn in the flesh of Kotoko right from recess, capitalised on the loss of concentration on the part of the Kotoko defenders to power the defending champions to a 2-0 win. The victory has made each player GH¢600 richer from a special bonus promised by the club’s bankroller and Life Patron, Osagyefo Oseadeeyo Agyeman Badu II.
Determined to make good his promise to score against Kotoko, Bortey opened the Aduana account with a 20-metre shot from the left which beat goalkeeper Isaac Amoako after 57 minutes. He capitalised on lack of communication in the Kotoko defence to double the lead five minutes later.
Kotoko, playing under caretaker coach, Opoku Nti, and Technical Director Malik Jabir, took the game to the homesters in the first half but Daniel Nii Adjei, Kabiru Moro, Louis Agyemang and Jordan Opoku lacked bite upfront, leaving goalkeeper Stephen Adams on a virtual holiday.
Kotoko made three straight substitutions in the last 20 minutes of the game, bringing on Samad Oppong, Kwadwo Poku and Daniel Ofei for Aziz Ansah, Ekow Benson and Kabiru Moro but that could not alter the scoreline.