Mbella Etouga on target as Kotoko pip Future Stars in friendly game ahead of Ashanti derby


The Porcupine Warriors narrowly defeated the lower division side in a preparation match ahead of the last derby game this season

Asante Kotoko defeated lower division side Future Stars 1-0 at the Adako Jachie training ground on Saturday.

With Premier League matches on hold for FA Cup semis which Kotoko are not part, Prosper Ogum Narteh opted to use the opportunity to prepare his side ahead of the Ashanti derby against Ashanti Gold at the Len Clay Sports Stadium on Wednesday.

After an early exchanges with chances in the game at the premium, Kotoko took the lead through Cameroonian striker Mbella Etouga.

Stephen Amankona latched on to a ball in Future Stars’ penalty area and then sent in a pass to Etouga who calmly slotted in from close range.

Etouga could’ve doubled the lead few minutes later but his effort went wide despite being played through.

After the break, Prosper Ogum made seven changes to Kotoko’s squad with Kwame Baah, Maxwell Appiah, Sheriff Mohammed and others coming in.

Although, Future Stars staged a late attempt to draw level in the game, Kotoko were resolute at the back and held on to carry the day.


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