Asante Kotoko secured a 4-1 penalty shootout win over arch-rivals Hearts of Oak to retain the President’s Cup on Monday.
The President’s Cup is played in honour of Ghana’s leader during the commemoration of the country’s Republican status every year.
This year’s edition was originally scheduled for Sunday, July 2 but the game was abandoned after 67 minutes due to a heavy storm. The game was then levelled 1-1 with Sadick Adams and Vincent Atingah scoring for Kotoko and Hearts respectively.
The Cup game, rescheduled for Monday at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi, was nearly marred by reckless tackles before it ended goalless after regulation time.
It was a game of two halves with Hearts taking control of a large part of the first, forcing a goal line clearance off centre-back Evans Quao.
After the introduction of Sadick Adams, Kotoko came in strongly late in the game – piling pressure on their counterparts but Gnagne and Atingah did well to repel the attacks.
Hearts of Oak saw their expert penalty takers, Vincent Atingah and Robin Gnagne miss their kicks while Kotoko converted all their four kicks. Richard Akrofi converted for the Phobians.
Asante Kotoko have thus managed back-to-back wins over their rivals in the President’s Cup. They won the 2016 edition 3-2 on similar penalty shootouts in Accra.