A 94th minute goal by Hafiz Sadiq ensured that Bechem United beat Asante Kotoko 1-0 on Sunday at Bechem.
Looking hungrier and more determined for the three points, the home side started the game the brighter of the two calling the Kotoko defence into action on several occasions.
Ahmed Toure, formerly of Asante Kotoko wrestled the Kotoko defence hoping to nick one pass his former colleagues but the Kotoko defence ensured he remained blunt despite his early incursions. Defenders Awal Mohammed and Nafiu Awudu were alert throughout the game especially in the first half to prevent any havoc against the Porcupines.
In what looks like a topsy-turvy season for Asante Kotoko, who were playing against a Bechem United side that were racing against their defence with all vim and venom found it difficult to penetrate through the opponent’s area.
Indeed Emmanuel Gyamfi, playing on the flanks for the Porcupines found it difficult to find his playmates in the right spots for a goal. On occasions that his crosses came close to causing havoc, Bechem United’s goalie, Ernest Adu grabbed the ball to prevent any danger.
Asante Kotoko lifted up their game in the second half and pushed Bechem United back into their area but as characteristic of them throughout this season, the Porcupine Warriors failed to make their dominance count.
Both sides played their hearts out looking to get the much needed goals but the defence of both sides ensured the game remained barren.
Late in the game however Bechem United ensured Kotoko left the Brong Ahafo region empty handed after Hafiz Sadiq scored the only goal of the game for the home side.
Asante Kotoko XI: Felix Annan, Amos Frimpong, Eric Donkor, Awal Mohammed, Nafiu Awudu, Owusu Jackson, Prince Aquah, Emmanuel Gyamfi, Abass Mohammed, Kwame Boahene, Obed Owusu
Bechem United XI: Adu Ernest, Asante Agyepong, Daniel Egyin, Akwesi Acheampong, Ahmed Toure, Maxwell Frimpong, Hafiz, Owusu Amoah, Sadiq Haji, Akoto Danso, Hamza Mohammed