Soldiers intervene as Kotoko supporters chase Berekum Chelsea striker Owusu after defeat


The striker became a target after his side shocked Kotoko at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium

Berekum Chelsea striker Kofi Owusu was nearly attacked by Asante Kotoko supporters after his side pipped them 1-0 on matchday 30 of Ghana Premier League at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on Sunday.

Ahead of the game, Kotoko captain Abdul Ganiu Ismail was passed fit to feature for the Porcupine Warriors after several weeks on the sideline. As a result, he was paired with Andrews Appau in central defence while Christopher Nettey and Imoro Ibrahim took charge of the full backs.

It was Chelsea who had the first opportunity to take the lead after only four minutes through Kofi Owusu. The former Ghana Premier League goal king was played through but his final shot was blocked by goalkeeper Danlad Ibrahim.

Etouga had a similar chance to put Kotoko ahead by the 33rd minute but after his initial shot was blocked, he skied the rebound.

After the break, Kotoko had a numerical advantage after Kofi Owusu was red carded for an off the ball incident. The striker was caught punching Nettey in the face.

Interestingly, Nettey’s initial attack on Owusu which triggered his reaction was not seen by the referee, his assistants and the fourth so he was left unpunished.

Despite the numerical disadvantage, Chelsea kept their cool and prevented Kotoko from going in front on numerous occasions.

Chelsea scored the opening goal by the 79th minute against the run of play after a terrible defending by Appau.

Kotoko probed further but they could not break down resilient defence of Chelsea.

After the game, Owusu was seen approaching the car park but a heated argument began between himself and some few fans. Within a twinkle of an eye, it had escalated as some wanted to physically manhandle him.

It took the intervention of the military to save the situation as Owusu was led to to join his teammates.

Asante Kotoko supporters chase Berekum Chelsea striker Kofi Owusu

Kotoko still lead the Premier League log with 56 points, six points above Medeama. They will now play Medeama and Great Olympics away from home before they welcome Elmina Sharks in the penultimate game at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.

Kotoko’s last game of the season will be an away fixture against debutants Accra Lions at the Accra Sports Stadium.


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