Two goals from in form striker, Kwame Poku helped secure all three points for Kumasi Asante Kotoko at the Accra Sports Stadium, in the only outstanding game of matchday eight of the 2020/2021 Ghana Premier League season.
While Kwame Poku is likely to dominate the headlines for netting a brace and his fourth and fifth goals of the season, he will do so alongside Fabio Gama who gave a good account of himself in his first start for the Porcupine Warriors this season.
The win over Liberty was the third win for the Porcupine Warriors who are now level on points with Accra Hearts of Oak and move from 12th to 7th on the league table.
How Kotoko defeated Liberty Professionals
By virtue of their inability to produce the required number of players for the second league, Al Hilal secured qualification to the group stages at the expense of the Porcupine Warriors.
Throw in the managerial issues and reported disagreements between the players and the management, and you would know how desperately the club needed a win to settle the pressure surrounding them.
In response, Coach Johnson Smith made several changes to his side, with the likes of Emmanuel Gyamfi dropping to the bench.
In his place, right back, Ernest Nettey played on the right flank in the early stages of the game before switching to the opposite side to accommodate Fabio Gama who played as a classic number 10 in his full debut for the club.
Kotoko started the game brightly and could have taken an early lead through Nettey after he was put through by a Kwame Poku headed pass, but the Black Stars player put his effort wide with only the goalkeeper to beat.
Their dominant performance was rewarded, however, as Kwame Poku gave his side the lead in the 10th minute after firing home a powerful shot from a deflected cross.
Kumasi Asante did not relent as they went in search of a second goal and Fabio Gama’s dexterity was on display to help them achieve that in the 17th minute.
After receiving a pass in midfield, Fabio Gama beautifully turned a Liberty Professionals player before lofting the ball onto the chest of Kwame Poku. The in form striker had a lot to do but with his strength and power he went through the Liberty players, like they did not exist, before chipping a clever one over the opposition goalkeeper.
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